Getting support during recovery from trauma can be a difficult and sometimes isolating process. Everyone has a different experience with recovery, and it can be tough to know which methods and treatments are right for us.
While there are a variety of professional therapies for trauma recovery (see our ‘Professional Therapies’ page), these can be difficult to access due to cost, availability, safety, or the stigma of mental health treatment.
But don’t worry - there are also many ways to manage stress and trauma symptoms at home without professional assistance. This guide will go through some of these methods, each of which aims to reduce stress and lessen the impact of traumatic triggers.
Most of these relaxation techniques help calm down our ‘danger signals’, by restoring the balance between our sympathetic (‘fight-flight-freeze’) nervous system, which controls the stress response, and the parasympathetic (‘rest-and-digest’) nervous system, which controls our body’s restorative functions. In fact, you’ve likely already been practicing some of these relaxation techniques with self-care - whether through bubble baths, singing, nature walks, and more! Because while insight into our experiences can be a powerful tool in recovery, we’re also working to rebuild trust in our bodies, by teaching our bodies that they are safe.
So, here are some general at-home exercises and tools we can incorporate to ease the process of recovery:
And lastly, we have some some general tips for wellness: