Self-Help Tips for PTSD Symptoms

Living with PTSD can be a life-altering disorder that has a tremendous impact on your life if you don’t know how to control your symptoms or don’t take the necessary steps to do so.  Regardless, the disorder requires outside help, whether that’s from friends, family, mental health professionals or doing more with self-care.  Just like any other disease or illness, or anything else that affects your daily life and activities, it’s essential to do research and be an expert on your own condition.  With proper coping strategies, treatment and support, you can still live a healthy and normal life, regardless of your PTSD. Check out some quick self-help tips below that can hopefully help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Brush Up On Your Facts – Do some more research, even if you think you already know everything about the disorder and your PTSD. New research surfaces every day and it’s important to be an expert on your condition.

Keep a Journal – It’s important to know what exactly causes your PTSD.  Carry a journal with you and take notes about the things that set you off, both big and small.  Do this for a few weeks and then go back to your entries and see what you can do differently to avoid these situations.

Ask for Help – When you struggle with a disorder that impacts your daily life and activities like PTSD does, it’s important to lean on people you trust for support.  It’s also extremely important to seek mental health help as well.  Never be ashamed to see a professional.  The results are tremendous and is something everyone with PTSD should consider.

Do Research on Relaxation Skills – It’s important to do your research not only on your condition, but also on coping strategies like meditation, exercise and other coping strategies. Below is a list of relaxation skills you can try in the comfort of your own home. Try each of them out and see what works best for you.

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Download the app “RelaxMelodies” and use before bed
  • Drink herbal tea with themes like “Stress Reliever” “Relax” or “Sleep”
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Physical exercise


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