Are There Any Non Medical Ways of Helping with PTSD ?

September 7, 2023

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that typically arises after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Here are some strategies that may help you:

  1. Social support: Building a strong support network of family, friends, or support groups can help alleviate feelings of isolation and provide emotional comfort.
  2. Regular exercise: Engaging in physical activities like walking, running, yoga, or dancing can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression often associated with PTSD. Exercise also releases endorphins, which promote a sense of well-being.
  3. Mindfulness and meditation: Practices like mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation can help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and increase self-awareness. Certain Apps can help with guided sessions that you can follow daily.
  4. Healthy lifestyle: Prioritizing a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and reducing the intake of substances like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine can positively impact mental well-being and promote better overall health.
  5. Relaxation techniques: Activities such as taking warm baths, listening to calming music, engaging in hobbies, or practicing art therapy can help induce relaxation and reduce stress levels.
  6. Time in nature: Spending time outdoors, whether it’s walking in nature, gardening, or simply sitting in a park, can have a positive impact on mental health and help reduce symptoms of PTSD.
  7. Writing therapy: Journaling or writing about traumatic experiences and associated emotions may help by providing a sense of release and promoting self-reflection.
  8. Acupuncture: Some individuals with PTSD have reported benefits from acupuncture. It may be something you can look into, given you don’t have a needle phobia like me! Although I am told that an experienced practitioner can insert these tiny needles without people even noticing.
  9. Including Certain Vitamins, Minerals and Nutraceuticals:  please refer to our section on this specifically.

Remember, these natural approaches should not replace professional treatment for PTSD. It’s essential to consult with a GP and/or mental health professional who can provide a comprehensive assessment and guide you through appropriate treatment options.



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