5 Tips for College students to recovery after a disaster or other trauma



In the age of advanced technology, you are already in the middle by a lot of things: social media, relationships, news, sports, academics, etc. While there is too much for a teeny tiny 15cm brain to take, such thoughts can be really disturbing.

Also, certain life changing events such as an accident, a plane crash, or some kind of a natural disaster may lead to severe mental illness. These events are extremely traumatic and unsettling that can leave its imprints for a very long time.

Sadness, anger, hopelessness, loneliness, shame, etc. will be the resulting emotions out of a traumatic event. Growing children fall prey to such incidents more easily as they are extremely sensitive to such harsh environments.

Following are the tips that will help you recover and unsettle such thoughts and emotions.

  1. Limit media exposure

Avoid watching too much of news. Rather tune to a light-hearted show or “9XO” or “VH1”. That will help the case.

Uninstall news apps from the phone, unless it’s of utmost importance. Avoid checking of social media before the bedtime or in the morning. A peaceful sleep is the need of the hour.

Avoid following disturbing content on various social media platforms. It may evoke negative thoughts and worsen the case.

  1. Socialize

There is the world beyond “Facebooking” and “Instagramming”. Move out of your home. Meet people. Shop, eat a healthy diet and play. Rock to the beats of “THE BEATLES” and “Metallica”.

Making new friends having similar interests, or joining an NGO would certainly help change the thought process. Invest in deep and meaningful relationships which will lead to a desirable outcome.

  1. Exercise: mentally and physically

Reading is the best mental exercise you can practice. Read light hearted and fun books. It will help divert your attention and keep you engaged.

While magazines and daily supplements will keep you up to date and informative. Check out and follow websites that will help you get moving. Being a non-profit organization Reach Out Recovery is one of its kind.

Hit a gym and start working out. Very soon you will experience all the hormones flowing in the right directions. Apart from umpteen numbers of health benefits that will be derived from the exercise, it will improve, prevent and treat mental illness.

  1. Be occupied

The best way you can keep yourself occupied is by scheduling a day. Prioritize the doings for the day. Initially, it will be difficult and occasional, but subtly you will improve.

As your mind is already occupied, it will have no or less room to think about the traumatic events that recently occurred to you. This exercise will not only help you recover fast but also make you a better person in terms of punctuality and disciplinability.

  1. Decide

Set your short term and long term goals that relate to the priorities in life. That’s the golden rule to success. Have a clear vision of what’s to be done at any given point in time.

Goal setting should include: family, education, and professional career. It will ensure that you get a head start on your professional life and otherwise.

Traumatic events are heartbreaking life changing. They can pull you down to the levels of depression, if not dealt aptly. But, on the brighter side, they do have the upsides. You learn to grow. That’s the inevitable part of rough times.

Once you are successfully out of it, you will have a better idea of living the remainder of your life. You will surely have your Aha! moment.