If your community has been hit by a natural disaster, you’re probably trying to make sense of what happened and khuyễn mãi giảm giá with the áp lực of the situation. These events create a tremendous amount of stress và anxiety for those directly & indirectly affected. In the days and weeks following the disaster, you may begin khổng lồ have some of these common reactions:

Common Reactions

Disbelief & shockFear và anxiety about the futureDisorientation; difficulty making decisions or concentratingApathy và emotional numbingNightmares and reoccurring thoughts about the eventIrritability and angerSadness & depressionFeeling powerlessChanges in eating patterns; loss of appetite or overeatingCrying for “no apparent reason”Headaches, back pains and stomach problemsDifficulty sleeping or falling asleepIncreased use of alcohol & drugs

Tips for Coping

It is ‘normal’ lớn have difficulty managing your feelings after major traumatic events. However, if you don’t giảm giá with the stress, it can be harmful to your mental and physical health. Here are some tips for coping in these difficult times:

Talk about it.

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By talking with others about the event, you can relieve stress and realize that others nói qua your feelings.Spend time with friends and family.They can help you through this tough time. If your family lives outside the area, stay in touch by phone. If you have any children, encourage them to nói qua their concerns & feelings about the disaster with you.Take care of yourself.Get plenty of rest & exercise, and eat properly. If you smoke or drink coffee, try khổng lồ limit your intake, since nicotine and caffeine can also địa chỉ to your stress.Limit exposure khổng lồ images of the disaster.Watching or reading news about the event over and over again will only increase your stress.Find time for activities you enjoy.Read a book, go for a walk, catch a movie or vày something else you find enjoyable. These healthy activities can help you get your mind off the disaster & keep the ức chế in check.Take one thing at a time.For people under stress, an ordinary workload can sometimes seem unbearable. Pick one urgent task & work on it. Once you accomplish that task, choose the next one. “Checking off” tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment và make things feel less overwhelming.Do something positive.Give blood, prepare “care packages” for people who have lost relatives or their homes or jobs, or volunteer in a rebuilding effort. Helping other people can give you a sense of purpose in a situation that feels ‘out of your control.’Avoid drugs and excessive drinking.Drugs and alcohol may temporarily seem lớn remove stress, but in the long run they generally create additional problems that compound the áp lực you were already feeling.Ask for help when you need it.

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If you have strong feelings that won’t go away or if you are troubled for longer than four to six weeks, you may want to lớn seek professional help.People who have existing mental health problems và those who have survived past trauma may also want to kiểm tra in with a mental health care professional.Being unable to lớn manage your responses to the disaster and resume your regular activities may be symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a real và treatable illness. Help is available. Make an appointment with a mental health professional to discuss how well you are coping with the recent events. You could also join a tư vấn group. Don’t try lớn cope alone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

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