How to Overcome the Trauma of a Shark Attack

One of the scariest events that can occur for any seafarer is a shark attack. The shock and fear lives on for quite a while afterwards. This article has advice that will help you forget the attack, stop your nightmares and make you feel safe in the sea again.

Steps

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    Understand that shark attacks are very hard to forget. How upset you are afterwards will depend on how badly injured or scared after the attack you were.
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    Think of how grateful you are to survive. If you died during your shark attack, that would not have been a good thing. Your family and friends would probably miss you a lot and it would cause them a lot of pain.
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    Try to get involved in many activities around your local shop. To get your mind off things.
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    Try sleeping tablets to help yourself sleep. This technique is especially effective if you have nightmares.
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    Don't sleep with any animals or moving objects that will disturb you and remind you of the attack. Doing so will only make your fear worse.
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    Go to see sharks in an aquarium. Understanding the animals better will help you understand why they attacked.
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    Get used to being in the water again. Remember that this takes a while to do, so don't expect it to happen overnight.
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    Try not to go straight back to the sea. Try going to swimming pool or river first to help calm your fear.
    • When you are comfortable with this, go back to the sea, but don't go very far.
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    Go further out in the sea until you feel safe again. Be sure to do this gradually, though.

Tips

  • Be patient. It will take a while to overcome your fears.

Warnings

  • Don't become overconfident in the sea, or you could be attacked again.

Article Info

Categories: Injury and Accidents