Getting life on track after suicide attempt – Chapter 2

Anderson Cooper beautifully said that people do not remember how a person lived his life. They always end up thinking about how he ended it. Because if killing is a solution to any problem then the human race could have been extinct thousand years ago.

Getting back on track after a suicide attempt is not easy at all. It takes emotional and physical efforts to recover from it. Because the person might find plethora of feelings coming in mind. The feelings may change suddenly to extremity.

In our first chapter, we overlooked several signs, symptoms, and possible risk factors leading to suicide mentality. The first few days after the suicide attempt are critical and will bring certain concerns. This chapter talks more about them.

What Now? 

Do you think that committing suicide solve all the problems? Life is not always good or always bad. And it is full of uncertainty. You may have bad times, but it will always wake you up to the good things you weren’t paying attention to.

Recovering from the incidence needs time. The first thing we have to make them stable and it takes time. Getting back up after you fall requires a boost in your life.

  • Live your life with a fresh start. Live more consciously each day.
  • Discover your life’s purpose. Look for opportunities.
  • Learn to accept yourself. Also others.
  • Challenge negative self talk. Be positive.
  • Embrace flexibility. Don’t be rigid.
  • Sky is the limit. Push yourself out of comfort zone.
  • Think of your own people.
  • Love. Laugh. Share. Forgive.

How will I ensure safety?

  • Stay with someone you trust until the things settle down. Prefer to stay at their home for a period of time. Don’t stay alone.
  • Remove the things in and around the house that could harm yourself with. Secure all sharp instruments, ropes and poisons.
  • Avoid alcohol and others drugs altogether. It will be helpful to a great extent.
  • Do not keep unused or expired medicines at home. Dispose of them.
  • If any thoughts of negative doing comes in mind, immediately ask for a support. Keep your clinician or people around you informed of any changes in situations.
  • Avoid any stressful events. Anticipate them and do not involve directly. It may bring kind of disappointments. Be alert.

How to back on track?

  • Keep appointments with doctors and counsellors. Follow their advice properly. Take all the prescribed medicines. Regular check-ups and follow-ups to be done.
  • Take help of others. You need assistance.
  • Keep a journal. List down all the things that make you happy and joyful.
  • Surround yourself with people who you trust, who will listen to you without judgement and who you enjoy being with. Not everyone could notice the behavioral changes in you.
  • Diet intake – Proper diet enriched with vitamins, minerals, and other supplements recommended by doctor.
  • Exercise, adventure, and fun activities will definitely help you in rebuilding your life.
  • Identify triggers of joy as well as nervousness. Act accordingly.
  • Read motivational, spiritual books. Refer the famous personalities who survived after an attempt and now are successful.
  • Keep your mind busy in positive thoughts. It is the best time to be with your hobbies around.

Death is final though suicide is not the answer. Obviously, things can’t go back as they were before. But remember…THIS TOO SHALL PASS!!

“when trouble crashes over you
when hardship cracks the ground
when pain pierces past your skin
when walls are your surround
stop
take a breath and remember
this too shall pass

treasure every moment
learn from every pain
gather in your memories
they are what you truly gain
live every second
love with all your heart
never give in or give up
embrace every new start

everything is precious
all of life is glorious
because
this too shall pass

(Poem adopted from Joeline Rayment)

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