Care Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Stress Event

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND DISASTEROUS EVENTS

  • No one who sees a disaster is untouched by it.
  • It is normal to feel anxious about you and your family's safety.
  • Profound sadnes, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
  • Acknowledging our feelings helps us to recover.
  • Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.
  • We each have different needs and different ways of coping.
  • It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused us great.

SIGNS THAT ADULTS NEED STRESS MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE

  • Difficulty communicating thoughts
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Limited Attention Span
  • Poor work performance
  • Colds or flu-like symptons
  • Reluctance to leave home
  • Difficulty concentration
  • Depression/sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Crying easily
  • Mood swings
  • Fear of crowds, strangers or being alone

WAYS TO EASE THE STRESS

Talk with someone about your feelings- anger, sorrow, and other emotions--even though it may be difficult

Don't hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel that you cannot help directly with the rescue work

Take steps tp promote your own physical and emotional healing by staying active in daily patterns. 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 with yourself and your family. Spend time with family and friends.