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Trauma Tips

  • No one who sees a traumatic event is untouched by it.
  • It is normal to feel anxious about you and your family’s safety.
  • Profound sadness, grief and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
  • Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover.
  • Focusing on your strengths and abilities will help you to heal.
  • Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.
  • We each have different needs and different ways of coping.
  • Talk with someone about your feelings—anger, sorrow and other emotions—even though it may be difficult.
  • Avoid holding yourself responsible for the disastrous event, or be frustrated because you not able to help directly in the rescue work.
  • Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by staying active in your daily life Patterns or by adjusting them. This healthy outlook will help yourself and your family (i.e., healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, meditation).
  • Maintain a normal household and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities of yourself and your family.
  • Spend time with family and friends.
  • Participate in memorials, rituals and use of symbols as a way to express feelings.
  • Use existing support groups of family, friends and social or spiritual communities.
  • Try to avoid isolating yourself.
  • Ask for support.
  • Establish a daily routine.
  • Make your health a priority.