Building Resilience in the Face of PTSD

Discover ways to support PTSD resilience and long-term healing.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an extreme form of trauma that can affect anyone who’s experienced or witnessed emotionally harmful or life-threatening events.PTSD can mess with your mind, body and even change how you connect with other people and lead to intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings that continue long after the traumatic event is over. 

People with PTSD may relive events through flashbacks or nightmares and feel sadness, fear, anger, or a sense of detachment from others. They may also develop strong, negative reactions to things in their environment, like loud noises or accidental touches. Some people even avoid situations or people that remind them of past trauma. Due to the stressful nature of their work, veterans and first responders are especially susceptible to developing PTSD.

What is Resiliency?

Resilience is your ability to bounce back from tough times. It’s the ability to adapt in the face of adversity, trauma or significant stress. This does not mean avoiding distress altogether, but rather facing difficult moments head-on, managing them and finding your way back. Building up your resilience can keep you from getting overwhelmed by stress, lowering your chances of developing PTSD and helping you cope better if you do develop trauma. 

Some common signs of resilience include: 

  • Seeking Support from Others: Engaging with friends, family and community to build a network of support that can help you during difficult times.
  • Finding a Support Group: Connecting with others who have experienced similar traumas to offer a sense of understanding that isn’t always available elsewhere.
  • Feeling Good About One’s Actions: Maintaining a sense of confidence and pride in how you handle dangerous or stressful situations can boost resilience.
  • Positive Coping Strategies: Finding methods for navigating difficult times and learning from these experiences helps build resilience.
  • Effective Response Despite Fear: Acting purposefully in spite of fear is a powerful resiliency tool that can be strengthened over time.
How to Build Resilience in the Face of PTSD

Building resilience after trauma is not just about bouncing back; it’s about growing through touch times and emerging stronger. If you’re struggling with PTSD, these strategies can help you on your journey to personal empowerment. 

  1. Accept What Happened: Sometimes, you just have to face things as they are, not as you wish they were. Acknowledging that life can be unpredictable and sometimes harsh, helps to diminish the power of trauma and is a big step toward healing.
  2. Build Connections: A big part of recovery hinges on who you surround yourself with. Hanging out, having fun, or just being around people can help bring back a sense of safety and belonging and security that trauma often erodes.
  3. Maintain Perspective: Trauma can make everything feel overwhelming, but it’s important to try to see the big picture. Celebrating the little wins and acknowledging your progress can help keep your spirits up and help you maintain perspective.
  4. Nurture Supportive Relationships: Surrounding yourself with the people who care about you most can make all the difference when times are tough. Their support can help you navigate trauma and stay grounded during your darker days.
  5. Prioritise Physical Health: Don’t forget your body in all of this. Physical wellness is closely tied to your mental health. Keeping active, eating well,and getting enough sleep can strengthen your body and mind against the effects of stress.
  6. Set Progressive Goals: Setting goals helps bring some order to the chaos. They don’t have to be big — small steps are just as important because they lead to a greater sense of control and achievement.
  7. Practice Mindfulness: Staying mindful helps keep you rooted in the here now, rather than lost in  troubling past memories. Things like meditation, deep breathing or yoga can keep your mind focused and calm.
  8. Seek Professional Help: Sometimes, people need professional support to overcome PTSD and that’s okay. Therapists can offer coping strategies tailored to your needs, which can guide your journey toward recovery and resilience.
Your Pathway to Resilience Starts Here

Struggling to build resilience in the face of PTSD? At Hope in Health, we build personalised treatments for veterans and first responders to support your needs. With a focus on physical health, mental health and building community connections, we go beyond managing your symptoms, fostering resilience so you can move through and beyond PTSD, towards a future where you can thrive.

Ready to take the first step? Contact our team today.

Hope in Health

Phone: 1300 445 671

Email: enquiries@hopeinhealth.com.au 

Website: www.hopeinhealth.com.au

 

Warriors Advocacy

Phone: (02) 8317 5444

Email: admin@warriorsadvocacy.com.au 

Website: www.warriorsadvocacy.com.au 

 

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