By Marli Naidoo
Regardless of the way in which your possessions were stolen, it is still a traumatic experience. It could be a so-called “friend” who stole valuable earrings from your wardrobe, a burglar who invaded your house, or an armed street robbery. Each of these events has emotional consequences, which, naturally, differ in seriousness.
All people react differently to traumatic events. Your reaction may be influenced by various factors, including personality, coping ability, values, convictions and experiences. How does one handle the shock, anger, sadness and fear that can torture you after such incidents?
Get support. It is no disgrace to lean on friends and family for emotional support and consolation. In the event of armed robbery and a burglary it may also be necessary to see a psychologist.
Allow yourself to feel. It is permitted to be upset by what happened and it is important to admit these healthy emotions on the road to recovery.
It is normal to be scared after such an incident. However, do not allow your fear to control you. Take control of your fear by taking active steps to equip yourself and protect you in future. Have an alarm system installed, get an electric fence and take self-protection classes.
Keep to your routine. The more normal you continue with your life, the easier it will be for you to move on.
Do not allow yourself to slide into a quagmire of self-pity. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and do not grab at alcohol or drugs to help you process the negative emotions. You cannot allow the robber or attacker to rob you of yourself.
Reconcile yourself with the idea that justice will not be done. We always feel that we will be able to make peace with what has happened if the guilty party pays for his transgression. That day may never come. Rather focus all you energy on recovery and win the battle against darkness.
You should know that the post-traumatic emotions are normal and should subside over a period of time. However, should you find that this is not the case, it is important to get professional help.