Self Help and care are about taking reasonable steps that will help you cope with both short-term and long-term effects of trauma.
Physical and behavioural self-care
After experiencing trauma, it is important to maintain a healthy and strong body. To ensure you feel physically healthy you need a regular sleep pattern so that your brain and body are well rested. Factors that can help this include; a well-balanced diet, exercise or physical activities, mindfulness and wellbeing.
Emotional self-care is important to a positive outlook. Finding time to engage with close friends can help reduce feelings of loneliness and fear. Alternatively, you may choose to have a special place that makes you feel grounded and safe. Some people find it useful to write a diary or use meditation and relaxation to help them think more positively.
The NSPCC has a range of tips and advice to help you keep children safe whether they’re at home, out and about or online. www.nspcc.org.uk
The Safety Internet Centre has online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online. There are resources for parents/carers and professionals www.saferinternet.org.uk