For those people who are struggling with PTSD, the pandemic can make things much more difficult. The COVID-19 crisis is causing anxiety, fear, lack of control, panic, and even fear of death in many individuals without PTSD. For someone who has been exposed to a traumatic event in their past, this current crisis can trigger their previous trauma by what they are experiencing and witnessing.
In the beginning of the pandemic, grocery stores were lacking food and people were waiting in long lines for basic necessities, and there are instances where that is happening again with the recent resurgence of the virus. This feeling of not being safe and the threat of illness to them and their loved ones can trigger traumatic memories for many people with PTSD.
Consequences of the pandemic that can impact those with PTSD, or even cause PTSD, include the loss of a loved one, especially if they could not be with them because of restrictions or inability to hold a funeral. Many that were hospitalized with COVID-19 are experiencing PTSD because of thinking they were going to die in the intensive care unit. Others have lost their jobs or are frontline workers under constant exposure, which is creating trauma. Trauma can trigger or cause PTSD, so learning to manage your symptoms and stressors is important during a pandemic.
Tips to Manage your PTSD During a Pandemic
- Take Care of Yourself
- Eat healthy
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Spend quality time with family and friends
- Relax with meditation, yoga, reading, or whatever helps you to unwind
- Avoid drinking, drugs, gambling, shopping, or other unhealthy activities
- Limit Media Input
- Limit your exposure to the constant negative news about the pandemic
- Avoid spending too much time on social media reading negative comments
- Stay informed, but limit your time spent and use only reliable sources
- Spread positive stories if you do use social media
- Be Flexible and Manage your Expectations
- Realize that things are going to continue to change and adapt to those changes
- The virus will likely continue to flare up for a few years, so be prepared for more
- Establish new routines and be accepting of needed changes to previous routines
- Help Others
- Focusing on helping others can help you to manage your own stress
- Volunteer somewhere you can share your talents while helping others
- Helping others provides you with needed social connections and human contact
- Seek Help When Needed
- If you are having difficulty managing your PTSD symptoms seek help
- Try Ketamine Infusion Therapy, a successful treatment for PTSD
- Seek behavioral health treatment to learn coping skills
If you are struggling with managing your PTSD during this pandemic, contact Ketamine Infusion Centers. Our specialists will work with you to develop a complete treatment plan. With side effects being mild and short-term, Ketamine infusions are a great treatment for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. Contact Ketamine Infusion Centers today to get started on your treatment.