Today my family and I have attended a family day ran by the manchester resilience hub for all those families affected by the Manchester bombing in 2017.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the day , I was going to support my daughters and didn’t really think about how it might help me.
We met lots of new people which was amazing. Everyone had their own experiences of that awful night, some alot worse than others. But by bringing everyones feelings and experienckes together it meant we could be open about how we all felt and how to support each other.
It was great for the girls as they got to talk about their feelings and experiences with others who were actually there (something that they’ve never been able to do before).
For me it helped me know how to help the girls with their trauma. They talked about how everyone deals with trauma differently and how it can last a long time.
They talked about grounding techniques – smelling strong smells, drinking fizzy drinks, concentrate on your feet touching the floor, look at a photo to remind yourself that you are safe.
It’s important to remember that thoughts are just thoughts and are not facts.
So if you or someone you know has dealt with trauma or anxiety, talk it through with someone you trust. Or even better find people who have gone through a similar experience to yourself and talk it through with them. Share your thought’s and how you deal with it.