Victims of abuse suffer well beyond what they experience while the abuse is happening, the affects of abuse can change you.
If you’ve been attacked then you may find yourself suffering from depression, feelings of guilt, angry, or even numb. More often than not victims find themselves looking to drugs and alcohol or even over eating to cope with the stress of having been attacked. If you have been a victim of abuse you need to know that there are healthier alternatives of coping.
Or if you know someone who has been a victim of a violent crime, help them explore healthy ways of coping.
Here are four of the best ways to stay strong after being abused.
Talk to a professional
Talking can help, but you can’t simply talk to anyone. A professional therapist or doctor can help answer questions and address concerns. Seek out a professional to help relieve some of the stress and find solutions for what has happened.
Exercise is not only a great way to focus your attention on an activity, but it also allows you to physically and mentally build yourself up and strengthen more than just your body. Use exercise to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety.
Reach out to friends
A close group of friends (or even just one really good friend) can be a great source of comfort and stress relief. With friends you can talk about your troubles and find enough reasons to stay distracted and keep your mind off of what may have happened.
Meditation allows you to look deeper within yourself and really address how you feel at your core. Being able to focus on calm breathing and positive thoughts will enable you to think more positively through-out your day.
The more you seek out positive ways of coping, the happier you’ll be and the more likely you are to be able to simply feel better. If you know someone who has been a victim of an attack, try recommending these tips to them. Or, if you’ve been a victim yourself, consider one or more of these tips for coping and be sure to take a look at the Women’s Health organization for more tips and help.
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