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Overcoming Trauma : A primer for Teachers


Trauma is an emotional response to a distressing event like an accident , abuse or a natural disaster , according to the American Psychological Association (APA). It is a painful situation that the victim goes through and their ordeal can at best be described by themselves as it is inapparent on most occasions to the observer. The notable sufferers of trauma have been children & teens as per a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which states that 60% of the adults come forward with abusive experiences in their childhood and tough family issues. This is a predicament that needs a serious look and in the following analysis we seek to discuss ways to overcome trauma and it merits a reading by Teachers and loved ones to implement the same,

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Reach out to a Counselling specialist or an NGO

It bodes well to share the details of your students with them as it will provide them with proper care and also serves as a knowledge source to help better understand the problem.

Give a pep talk

This helps in easing the nerves and relaxing the students. It will make them feel at home and this will help you get to know their problems better. What better way to know the root of the problem than this !

Encourage healthy eating

One can binge on carbs and sugar to soothe the trauma but in the long run it can prove counter-productive. Promote healthy eating that will stabilize their digestive tract and relax their minds. Eating whole foods like brown rice besides fruits in moderation is the best.

Promote group activity

Make short groups that help the students indulge in creative activities that helps them relax and get over the bad experiences. Allotting a specific hour for this can be highly helpful.

Recommend Walking and Yoga

It is seen that going for a long walk can help an individual negotiate with their pent up emotions besides practicing Yoga can alleviate their symptoms.

These are some of the most viable solutions that one can offer to those suffering from trauma of any kind. Seeking proper medical attention in conjunction to the proper utilization of healthy resources can save someone from the brink. To conclude in the words of Jenifer Brown “Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.”


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