PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can be an overwhelming experience that may leave the individual scarred permanently. This is a disorder that may come after an individual experiences a traumatic event such as kidnapping, war, neglect and rape. Asking for professional help for treatment is needed to cure PTSD. With medical therapy, here are some natural self-help treatments you can do at home.

Deep Breaths

One way to calm anxiety is to take deep breaths to relax the mind and body. Slowing down breathing brings in more oxygen to the body, aids in digestion, detoxifies by releasing carbon dioxide and calms the mind for clarity.

Whenever you feel a panic attack coming, you can take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through your mouth. Then breath again through your nose (with mouth closed) while slowly filling air in your lungs until you reach maximum air capacity. After this, slowly release air through your nose by mentally counting 1 to 3. Do this 5 to 10 times until you feel yourself calm down.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Whenever you feel tense or jittery, this can cause your muscles tension. Doing progressive muscle relaxation every day is a proactive method to counter this occurrence.

Start by clearing your room from distractions then sit down and make yourself comfortable. Do some deep breathing. Then turn your focus to your left hand and observe how it feels prior doing any activity. While slowly inhaling, clench your left hand into a really tight fist and feel the tension going in that hand for 5 seconds. Then while releasing your clenched fist, exhale slowly until you feel the tension leaving. Relax for about 5 to 10 seconds then do the same activity to your right hand. If you feel some pain after this, you should consult your physician for further advice.

Do Activities That You Love

Another self-help PTSD treatment is getting back to the routine you once enjoyed. Is it getting together with friends? Taking a walk in the park with your dog? Spending the afternoon sitting on the porch with some hot tea and cookies? Maybe these are the things that you once did but forgot how to enjoy during this trial. Try to do those activities one at a time until you ease into your usual routine. This could help keep tension at bay and proactively take actions to maintain an optimistic disposition.

Keep Grounded During Flashbacks

This is a normal response when a person has PTSD. Using activities or certain objects can help ground flashbacks. If it’s an object, you can start by feeling and being familiar with the object’s texture and size in your hand. When a flashback happens, reach for this object and let that familiarity bring comfort. If it’s an activity, you can start by speaking the alphabet backwards to keep your mind pre-occupied.

Peer Support

Joining a peer support is a good community to share your experience with others who have gone through similar situations. This could help you find the right therapist and may serve as a guide to lead you to your recovery.

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