Triggers and the Hangover

Most people know what a hangover feels like: headaches, dizziness, sickness, a sense of a hazy existence. Some claim to have their personal “cures”- mine happens to be complaining to the wife and hating the world around me.

Although, traditional ‘morning after night’ hangover is different in symptoms of psychiatric discontent, in my experience there is little different in the body’s response to a long night out.

I’m speaking specifically about complex post – traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), because this is what I know, but I’m sure this is something people who live in all sorts of conditions of mental health experience.   I heard before that the word “adrenaline hangover” and I understand that there is something similar here. 

An adrenaline hangover is often experienced after you have produced a fight or a flight response — a panic attack, a trigger, an “episode,” extreme stress, etc. It is like you are someone who has severe anxiety and spends the day doing something emotionally tiring or hard for you, and then you experience reservoir-like symptoms afterwards. I think that a C-PTSD hangover is at least somewhat different for me. Doing something that makes me anxious is quite different from experiencing a C-PTSD trigger response.

Often, I can get in touch with a trigger, heal easily, and be OK within a few minutes, and sometimes it can affect me for days. It’s sometimes just a reaction, a physical and emotional response, and then a recovery, but often a reaction, a response, and then a feeling that some sort that positivity has been drained out of you for days to come. I have known it to last weeks.

It’s a constant reminder of your pain, and it leaves you in a state of everything your body does to respond to it, which can make it very hard to get back to your day-to-day life when you’ve undergone a stimulus.

Five Coping Strategies For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be far-reaching and debilitating. The symptoms of PTSD can have a detrimental impact on your mental health, physical health, work, and relationships. You may feel isolated, have trouble maintaining a job, be unable to trust other people, and have difficulty controlling or expressing their emotions. Even though you may feel as if you have fallen into a dark hole of depression, anger, and frustrations. 

“’ People with PTSD are six times as likely as someone without PTSD to attempt suicide. High rates of deliberate self-harm have also been found among people with PTSD.” 

Matthew Tull, PHD;Coping With PTSD;;2019

By Learning healthy strategies for coping with PTSD is possible and can offer a sense of renewal, hope and control over your life. 

We will be going over 5 individual coping skills that follow under emotional and physical and social coping skills.

Emotional and Physical Coping Strategies

1. Practice Mindfulness

Just beginning with one or two minutes per day of quiet mindfulness can feel like a victory. The goal of that time is to stay focused on the present without any threat of fear or judgment. Gradually add more time as you go, offering yourself moments to experience a sense of calm and learn how to balance yourself if you begin to feel overwhelmed or anxious.

2. Exercise

Research has shown that physical exercise can help our brains better cope with stress.4

In fact, psychologists suggest that just a 10-minute walk per day can offer benefit to our mood and help to relieve anxiety and depression. Here are some things to keep in mind as you get started.

Matthew Tull, PHD;Coping With PTSD;;2019
  • Find an activity you enjoy
  • Set small goals
  • Be consistent
  • Listen to music or podcasts while you exercise
  • Ask a friend to join you
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Make sure to dress for the weather

3. Participate in Counseling

Having a trained person available to offer support and guidance in your recovery is a key element to long-term success. Find someone you feel comfortable with, that you find trustworthy and knowledgeable, and be consistent in attending your sessions.

Social Coping Strategies

4. Spending Time With Others

Spending time with supportive friends and family can make a significant difference in your mood and outlook. 

 It can be helpful for all parties—both you and your loved ones—to have time to spend together. Some ways to spend time with others can include things like:

  • Going for a walk
  • Have morning coffee
  • Play a card game
  • Talk on the phone
  • Share funny stories

If you don’t feel ready to talk yet, you can also sit quietly in the same room to read a book or the newspaper. Simply sharing the same space quietly can feel comforting. 

5. Educate Yourself and Others

Educating yourself on the symptoms and treatment, it is important to seek out safe people to connect with who can support you in your recovery journey. By learning about the condition, you can have the words to more clearly explain to others what is happening for you and ask for what you need.

The Importance of Self-Care

People all have different requirements for self-care, but in general, the goals of self-care are to find a state of good mental and physical health, reduce stress, meet emotional needs, maintain one’s  relationships, both romantic and platonic, and find a balance between one’s personal and academic or professional relationships.

Meeting one’s own needs tends to make a person more able to help and support others and, generally speaking, to obtain more happiness, and fulfillment from life. In order to facilitate your own healthy routine to make sure your needs are met, it can be helpful to develop a self – care plan centered on :

  • Physical Self
  • Mental Self
  • Spiritual Self
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