When you watch a loved one have PTSD, it can leave you feeling useless for not knowing how to comfort them. One thing I have learned from personal experience is not to pressure them into talking about their trauma. Instead, be there to provide them with emotional support. Even if they don’t want to talk about what they feel, remind them that you are there for them. The easiest way to make them feel accepted and comforted is by psychically being there for them and keeping them engaged. Most of us fail to understand that it is not essential to know what to say to comfort someone going through PTSD but to be able to hear them out and be a support whenever they feel like talking about their feelings.
Another way to help them out would be to engage them in activities that have nothing to do with their traumatic experience. Go out on a walk with them, ask them to take a fitness class together, or just set up a reunion dinner with family and friends they haven’t been in touch with lately. For the most part, you will have to encourage them to pursue things that will divert their mind from the trauma and please them. Always remember that while you are trying to make an effort by engaging them in activities. Let them take the lead and decide what makes them feel calm and safe. While these were all tips on helping a loved one with PTSD, I want you to also remember that your mental well-being is as important. When you feel calm and relaxed yourself, you will be able to provide support and help in a better manner. Lastly, my most important advice is to be patient. Sometimes, they will be making significant progress for months, but one small trigger can take them back to square one. You have to remember that recovery is a long process, which also involves setbacks. Therefore, you have to be there for them in a positive manner to show them your love and support.