Whats the best way to get over a mentally scarring event?

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Last Updated: 11/01/2016 at 1:44am
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overthinker12
August 11th, 2015 1:54am
one of the best things about being a human is that we have the ability to forget. Forgetting is a grace that helps us to move on with our lives.
originalLion57
June 12th, 2015 10:06am
Therapy! Speaking with a professional who can listen and support you and let you cry when you need and listen to your problems and guide you through them is the best way and having friends who can comfort you and make you forget about things for a while by doing fun things with you and make you laugh or sit and watch movies with you and give you a hug = so important!!!
Standupandscream
January 9th, 2015 9:49am
Talking about it and getting help. It's way harder to deal with something all by yourself than it is with some love and support. Feeling alone is the worst feeling in the world, you don't need that and a horrible event on your mind. If you deal with a mentally scarring event by yourself, you'll be consumed. It's better to tell someone that you need help than pretending that you're fine. You're only hurting yourself more if you pretend.
peacefulMoment91
February 11th, 2015 1:28am
I don't know if it's necessarily the best but what has worked for me, after talking it through with someone I trust, I go to the places that the event occurred and that safe person helps me create new, happy memories. In a way, it helps me feel that I am closing the door on what has happened in the past and opening the door to a happy future. It's not something that can be done right after but the process of getting to that point helps finalize the healing process.
FrostyFireworks18
April 26th, 2015 1:44pm
Whenever I go on stage and perform, butterflys are always swirling in my stomach. Something I do to get rid of them and calm myself down are breathing exercises. For example breath in for a long four seconds and breath out for eight seconds.
Thelovelythings
May 6th, 2015 7:57am
I guess for some mentally scarring can mean an array of things. A scar defined is a mark left behind after a surface injury has healed and thats exactly what will happen when you go through a traumatic event- it will leave something behind that wasn't tbere before. The best way to get "over" a mentally scarring event is to first get through it. Some scars are considered beautiful and believed to be a significant indication that you have overcome what has happened to you and are now stronger for it. The best way out is through.
CarolineM
June 18th, 2015 3:33pm
Honestly, I would seek professional help. The closest thing I have had to a specific event was when I was dealing with anorexia, every meal was just terrible. So, when I started to go to therapy it just really helped.
Barnloft
October 26th, 2015 7:15pm
Keep in mind that every event molds who you are, whether the event was a happy one or mentally scaring you will forever be a more experienced person. Don't be afraid to speak with someone, even if they don't have an answer just being able to talk to someone can help you overcome any damaging affect of an event.
tjb28
October 27th, 2015 10:16am
talk to a friend ,member of family or professional,self help books are also useful.There are people out there who can listen and support you ,remember you are not alone.
Greatlistener87
April 25th, 2016 2:23am
If you can it will be good to go for some therapy or get help from some1 you trust to get through it with. You need to talk about it and accept what has happened, then you will need to forgive all those involved including yourself. Then you have to let go and move on. It will take time but it will be all worth it.
starlightblacklight
November 1st, 2016 1:44am
1. Be patient with yourself. Emotional wounds take time to heal just like physical ones. 2. Understand that this to shall pass. Life is full of seasons of joy and at times sadness but knowing that it's temporary can help us get through the rough times. 3. Reach out for support. Coming to a place like 7 cups or talking to a trusted mentor or counselor can really help. In fact people who can simply talk about their scarring experiences are less like to later suffer trauma later on. 4. Take care of yourself. It's so important to remember to stop and nurture yourself when you are stressed and wounded. It's important to stop and try to enjoy the small things life has to offer even when it's hard to relax. You'd be surprised how much the smell of a rose or lavender oil can help calm your mind and bring you back to the present moment.