6 Ways to Take Care of Yourself After Therapy

Therapy sessions that center around trauma can be especially tough, so a having a plan to take care of yourself afterward is crucial. While in EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a person might feel tired, or worn out after a session. Here are six effective ways to relax and nurture your well-being after therapy. These practices can help you feel more at peace and balanced as you continue your healing journey.

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Step Outside

Nature is refreshing and helps clear your mind. Go for a walk in a park, countryside, or your own backyard. Being outside lets you breathe fresh air and enjoy the beauty around you. It’s a great way to destress and find calmness.

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Connect with Others

It’s essential to have supportive people in your life. Reach out to a friend, family member, or support group after therapy. Share your thoughts and feelings with them. Talking and spending time with loved ones can make you feel understood and less alone.

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Move Your Body Gently

Exercise is fantastic for relieving tension and boosting your mood. Find an activity you enjoy, like dancing, yoga, swimming, or hiking. Moving your body helps you feel more grounded and releases feel-good hormones.

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Focus on Your Breath

First, take a few moments to focus on your breathing. Next, find a comfy spot, close your eyes, and take slow, deep breaths. Now, breathe in through your nose, hold it for a moment, and exhale slowly through your mouth. This helps you relax, be present, and calm your nerves.

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Soothing Baths or Showers

Water has a calming effect. So treat yourself to a warm bath or shower after therapy to let go of any lingering stress. Add essential oils, light candles, or play soft music. Let the warm water wash away the emotional weight and bring you a sense of renewal.

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Enjoy Your Favorite Playlist

Music can be comforting in addition to uplifting. Create a playlist with your favorite songs or soothing melodies. After therapy, put on your headphones or turn up the volume in a quiet space. Let the music transport you to a place of peace and relaxation.

As a mental health counselor who works with trauma and PTSD, I know that taking care of yourself is crucial. After therapy, make time to relax and decompress. These six strategies, such as stepping outside, connecting with others, moving your body, focusing on your breath, taking soothing baths or showers, and enjoying your favorite playlist, can support your post-therapy journey. Try them out, find what works best for you to take care of yourself, and prioritize your well-being.

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