Tragedy Aftermath: Taking Care of Yourself
Having just experienced the shock and pain of a tragedy, you may be very shaken for the next few days or weeks. As the immediate shock wears off, you will start to rebuild and put your life back together. During this time, you may experience a range of emotions. In the wake of such events, it is not uncommon for you to feel let down and resentful many months following.
Some common responses to a disaster include:
· Headaches or Nausea
· Loss of Appetite
· Inability to Sleep
· Lack of Concentration
· Increase in Alcohol or Drug Consumption
Many victims of tragedy will have at least one of these responses. Acknowledging your feelings is the first step in feeling better. Other helpful things to do include:
· Talk about your experiences. Sharing your feelings rather than holding them in will help you feel better about what happened.
· Pay attention to your health, diet, and adequate sleep. Relaxation exercises may help if you have difficulty sleeping.
· Prepare for possible future emergencies to lessen feelings of helplessness and bring peace of mind.
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