Moving away after a traumatic event – coping with PTSD

Not all people who get through a traumatic event have to suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Even if your immediate response to a disaster is quite extreme and you tend to exaggerate your reaction, it may not be a sign of emotional distress or mental illness. Expressing your feelings and talking to someone dear to you should solve the problem in a few moments. On the other hand, if you can’t get over the event, you might suffer from PTSD, which can cause distress in your life and can intervene in your future.

Depending on the seriousness of the traumatic event, some people need to relocate. For instance, people who went to drug rehab centers and find their home a big trigger that interrupts the withdrawal can only solve the problem by removing any element that can cause relapsing. This is a guide that should help anyone who is struggling with this issue to move away without second thoughts. Here’s how to choose a new home:

Avoiding new triggers

A new environment means new things to discover. But it’s highly important to state that people who deal with PTSD can find triggers in the most unexpected moments. Even though relocating seems to be the final answer to your constant panic, if you are not motivated to get over the negative effects of the trauma you lived, relocating won’t work. Choose a house that’s in a neighborhood with a good reputation, that doesn’t bring any memories related to the event you’ve been through. A tranquil neighborhood, a simple house surrounded by nice people should be more than suitable for your situation. Your real estate agent is the one who will find the best place for relocation.   

Trauma reminders (sight, sound or smell)

Keep in mind that relocating can’t make your PTSD symptoms completely go away. Relocating is just one step from the many that follow to get rid of the disorder. You will still see things that may trigger panic or stress in your new city or your new house. Sight is the first trauma reminder that can send you back to the situation you were in before. The same goes with sound or smell. These are reminders that you will encounter no matter where you go, and you can’t avoid them. If you notice a high heart rate, tense muscles and heavy breathing, you are facing the symptoms of PTSD. Don’t worry and learn how to manage them until your memories move into the far past.

You need to learn how to make them go away and redirect your thoughts for the better. You can try the services at The Holistic Sanctuary, where the specialists focus on changing the way PTSD patients perceive the world around them. After relocating, give yourself a chance to start fresh. A new home and a new perspective on the world should solve all your issues. Make sure you are ready for the change.