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Ways of Dealing with Trauma – Part Two

Trauma can affect our lives for a long time, sometimes even years. Explore ways that can help you deal with it

The first article focused on understanding trauma and its impact on our lives. The second part details varied ways that can really help to cope with the trauma's pain and repercussions.

Get professional advice – if your friends or the hotline can help you deal with the trauma then wonderful, consider yourself lucky and embrace them. However, sometimes there is not always a close friend who will listen, or perhaps the trauma is so terrible for us that we do not want any of the relatives to know. It is therefore advisable to consult a therapist who will help you cope with it. A therapist can also be a naturopath who treats via conversations in addition to Bach flowers and herbs, a coach, a psychologist or any therapist in any another method that you can relate to, such as theta-healing or The Work of Byron Katie.

Call an aid center or "Hot Line" – today there are many centers in Israel such as ERAN that provides mental first aid, NATAL – which helps people who have been injured due to their nationality, in addition to many more organizations. The benefit is that you will remain anonymous and still receive professional assistance and care.

It is particularly important to feel comfortable to share your emotions and difficulties with the therapist, and to feel connected to him or her and his method. It is always possible to change therapists until you find the right one that suits you and your situation.

There are several ways to locate a therapist:

Word of mouth – testimonials from friends or acquaintances can help you find the right therapist.

Social networks – where you can also consult and get recommendations from experts in the field.

Internet search – On sites, forums or blogs that deal with the subject of your trauma, where you can read articles and posts by therapists and thus choose the therapist that is right for you.

Dedicated sites – There is a number of sites on the internet designed to connect therapists with patients. They also include profiles of therapists so you can choose the one you prefer.

Bach flowers – can also help to cope with the trauma. They help calm, lower the level of negative emotions and help deal with the trauma in a more cognitive and less emotionally negative way. The English doctor Edward Bach developed the Bach flower method more than 100 years ago. These are extracts that contain natural substances designed to treat our emotional and mental realms. Details in the series of articles in Hebrew on Bach flowers.

One example of a Bach flower is:

Star of Bethlehem – It helps to deal with pain, sadness and emptiness after a physical or mental trauma. Traumas and painful past memories may continue to affect the present and cause suffering and anguish – even if a long time has passed between the trauma and the current emotional symptoms. A person may feel that he is "drowning" in feelings of sorrow, grief, pain and depression. Feeling of a "dead end" – that the situation  has no solution and "there is no way out". Hence, the person may refuse to accept comfort or help. The extract also helps to cope with the feeling of mental distress and even physical distress as a result of bad news, death of someone close or panic after an accident.

The Star of Bethlehem extract makes it possible to deal with trauma and pain, while enabling the person to accept help, a listening ear, comfort, and solace. It will help him or her to try solutions that may alleviate depression and sadness. The extract helps to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is a "first aid" extract for treating shock conditions, trauma, accidents, etc.

Star of Bethlehem is one of the five flower extracts included in Rescue Remedy, the formula that helps deal with negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and sadness. Further details in the article on the Rescue Remedy in Hebrew.

Depression and sadness can be triggered by trauma. There are varied Bach flowers which are specifically designed to handle this. Details in the first and second articles in Hebrew pertaining treating sadness and depression.

If the trauma is disturbing your peace of mind, and you have persistent and relentless thoughts – then the Bach Flower Extract of White Chestnut can help you cope with them.

You can also read the first and second articles (in Hebrew) that focus on dealing with repetitive negative thoughts.

The article in Hebrew about letting go and releasing past event can also help you deal with the challenges you might face.

It is especially important to deal with the trauma and treat it. If is left neglected and untreated then it can penetrate deeper and affect other areas in your life. If it is a new trauma then it is important to treat it immediately. If it is a trauma that occurred years ago, it is still worth treating it to improve the quality of life, and gain peace, tranquility and joy.

Good luck from all my heart!

Noa Roll is a certified naturopath (ND) and founder of The Aleph Factor.

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