An emotional breakdown can happen to anyone. We are human and life can sometimes throw at us a little more than we are able to deal with.
There are times when the stress of life can be so difficult to deal with that the body simply overloads and refuses to deal with any other issues. This is called a mental or nervous breakdown. Many people have experienced this phenomenon and some are even completely unaware that one has occurred.
If you have suffered an emotional breakdown rest assured that you too will one day be able to cope with the stresses of every day life once again. You will be able to once again experience the joy of truly and completely living your life to the fullest. Your body is just taking time to heal. These are the signs, symptoms, and recovery keys that you can expect.
What Exactly is an Emotional Breakdown?
An emotional collapse can occur whenever an event or series of events in life is so traumatic or beyond our control to deal with that the body simply stops trying to.
Divorce, financial difficulties, the death of a loved one, overwork, extreme events that one is unable to deal with, or a violent encounter may trigger an emotional breakdown. The body retreats from the stress by going into a resting state.
It is believed the body undergoes a nervous breakdown in an attempt to recover from the trauma it was subjected to by allowing itself time to recoup till it is once again strong enough to deal with the situation at hand.
The person suffering an emotional breakdown may find it difficult to perform even the most basic of everyday functions. The individual may simple decide to stay in bed and only get up to eat, drink, and relieve themselves. This can be normal behavior for this type of situation.
These are the Signs and Symptoms of a Nervous Breakdown
Healing From Extreme Emotional Stress Takes Time
The trauma of emotional stress not only affects the brain it has an effect on the entire body. Rest may be required for rebuilding to occur.
There can be physical after effects and these can last for years after the event itself has occurred. The healing time required will be individual to each person.
As a person's physical strength returns and they begin to find ways to cope emotionally with the issues that were so previously stressful to them they will begin to recover.
Individuals go on through the processes of living and when they are again able to deal with the normal stresses and everyday events in their life they then move forward from the emotional upset.
There are Many Factors That Contribute to an Increase in Stress
There are Both Physical and Emotional Symptoms to Deal With
You may be more physically fatigued for awhile as your body recovers from the extreme emotional and physical stress that it has undergone. This is normal.
You may experience extreme emotional highs and lows for a few years after your mental breakdown. This is all very normal. The neurons in your brain may fire randomly while you heal and these disruptions can cause you to experience sudden and unexpected feelings of panic, anxiety, anger, frustration, or sadness.
Just keep telling yourself that it is okay and a perfectly normal part of the recovery process. These attacks should slowly diminish over time until they completely disappear. Your body has undergone an extreme stress and now is taking the time it needs to heal. Seek help to enable you to understand the changes that have occurred in your body and the events that you will physiologically undergo during recovery.
It is Always Okay to Slow Down Your Lifestyle a Little
Exercise Aids More Than Just the Physical Body
Exercise can help to heal emotional turmoil. A laughter, dance, swim therapy, yoga program, or walking workout can help to relax your body and mind. Each of these exercise programs is easily adjustable to different fitness levels so you need only do what you are able to.
Yoga is more than meditation and so much more than an exercise program. It is a total body pathway to a complete self. For relaxation, physical strength and flexibility, and emotional health the yoga practices are beyond value.
How Does a Person Recover From the Emotional Trauma?
You deal with one small issue at a time and you simply and slowly begin to function again. You start by breaking the large picture into smaller and much easier to deal with pieces. You then deal with these now smaller issues as you are able to.
By making the big emotional monster that had been too difficult to deal with just a wee bit smaller and less threatening we are able to bring control over our current situation. We regain confidence and stamina in the acknowledgement that we are able to manage the issues that challenge us.
Often the huge bundle of issues we face is so overwhelming that we lose sight of our ability to cope with it but if we instead look at those issues in small sections rather than such a huge unmanageable tangle then we are able to chip away at the tiny pieces. Eventually the big picture becomes a smaller and more easily dealt with scenario.
Always keep in mind that your body needs time to rest and to heal. You will be whole again and you will want to take control of your life once this period of rest is complete. Don't overwhelm yourself. Live at a slower more relaxed pace until you are able to manage more. Life can be hectic and sometimes we have to acknowledge that the standards and expectations set out are simply unreasonable. It may be time to take a step backwards to reduce the obligations and stress.
The Smallest Enjoyments Can be the Most Wonderful
Be Patient but Keep Moving Slowly Forward
The body has an immense will to recover but it will take your strength of character to insure that it does happen. Keep reminding yourself that the physical and emotional symptoms are just a normal part of the recovery process.
Allow your body the rest it needs during this time but also continue to go through as many of the basic processes of living that you are able to.
Try not to overload your body or you mind with unnecessary stresses during this period.
Understand that you are not alone in this. There are many other people who have gone through exactly the same things that you are now experiencing.
If you need help in dealing with the changes that you are experiencing please consult with your medical doctor. They are there to help.
There is Someone Somewhere Who Can Help
There is always someone who can help. You do not have to deal with this alone. Phone a friend, a social support network, help line, or physician. Keep looking till you find someone who can help. They are only a phone call away.
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