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When Trauma Leads to Existential Dread: Can It Ever Get Better?

What’s the point in living if we’re all going to die anyway? Having thoughts like these is also known as existential dread — when a traumatic or life-altering experience makes you wonder why life is even worth living.

Don’t wait for these thoughts to turn your life into a crisis. Do something about your trauma now, so you can gain a real understanding of the importance of living and begin living the type of life you deserve

Accept Not Knowing the Answers

It may be hard to accept that you cannot know the answers to life’s biggest questions — but no one can. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are even more people feeling that they cannot live day-by-day without knowing what will happen. You need to accept that you cannot receive the answers you want right away.

In fact, you may never receive them at all. There are some answers that we will spend our entire lives trying to figure out, such as what the meaning of life is. We are born into a world where we may never get the answers we seek to our questions, and our minds have trouble tolerating that. Just remember that this feeling is normal.

Ask for Support

When your thoughts become sad, confusing, or dark, do not be afraid to reach out to your loved ones. Sharing your feelings can help you sort through them and also may relieve the pressure of needing to know the answers. Sometimes, the person you share your feelings with may end up feeling the exact same way you do — they just haven’t wanted to say what they are thinking out loud.

Their insight can provide you with perspective and show you that you are not alone. If you feel like your life is lacking purpose, think of the lives you are touching and the people who care about and enjoy being with you. That is a purpose in itself.

Speak to a Therapist

Reach out to a therapist when you are feeling overwhelmed. A therapist can teach you how to stop being so hard on yourself when you don’t know the answers. Therapy can also help you delve into existential questions and find ways to be more comfortable with your uncertainty.

It’s easy to get caught up in wondering why these traumatic things happen to us. The best way to resolve your trauma is by creating your own meaning for these traumatic events to ease any worries you may have.

With no end in sight, the trauma of COVID-19 may cause you to question why this pandemic is happening and if life really matters. It does. At The Guest House, you will learn to rid yourself of this existential dread by working with highly-trained therapists who can change your self-defeating thought patterns into healthy ones. Our treatment programs include individualized and group therapy, equine therapy, somatic therapy, psychodrama, EMDR, CBT, DBT, and more. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn more, call us now at (855) 483-7800.