An anniversary of trauma, or ‘traumaversary’, is any incident that happened in your past that evoked disturbing emotions within you including fear, anger and regret.
Traumatic incidences become etched in our mind because of the deep emotions it evoked when it happened. Trauma anniversaries can include the death of a loved one, an incident of sexual abuse, suicide, natural disasters, violent crimes and more. Dealing with these traumatic incidences are important, because it could result in post -traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which includes flashbacks, sleep problems and nightmares.
According to Danielle Corcione, there are positive ways to cope with traumaversaries including;
- Prepare for the traumaversary
Create a quiet space for yourself leading up to the traumaversary, “the day before, the day of, and then after the historical date of the trauma.” Be present, and go through the emotions, it’s the only way to prevent post-traumatic stress including nightmares and flashbacks.
- Positive affirmations
Repeat positive phrases like, “everything is going to be okay” or “I am safe”. This will help to counter any negative thoughts.
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