Tips for Coping with Crisis and Traumatic Events
1. Limit watching news – especially graphic and repeated views of explosions and injuries.
2. Engage in our everyday “normal” activities and routines as soon as possible. This will vary for each individual as more immediate needs may arise, but our everyday activities can help us feel more in control of our lives and environment.
3. It is normal to have feelings of helplessness in the wake of traumatic events. We can help counter these feelings by doing something to help those in need following a traumatic event, such as volunteer and engage in opportunities to support those directly affected by the event.
4. Stay in touch with your friends and loved ones.
5. Stress management steps really do work! Follow as many of them as you can!
6. Get plenty of sleep! Traumatic events stress can cause for long periods of time. Our emotional wellbeing, judgment, resilience and physical health need sleep for us to function and feel at our best. All-nighters are not helpful after a trauma.
7. Limit your alcohol intake. What sounds like a relaxing idea or way to forget may limit our judgment and interfere with clear thinking, sleep, emotional stability and our overall ability to take care of ourselves and those important to us. “Recreational” drug use is no better an idea during a trauma than it is at any other time.
8. Be patient and kind to yourself. It is natural to feel helpless, sad, angry and anxious in the midst of a tragedy. We may surprise ourselves at these times at the range and intensity of our emotional response to everyday events. It’s also easy to become angry at ourselves thinking that we could be doing more or that we’re letting others down. Give yourself a break.
9. Don’t hesitate to seek help. Talk to your family, loved one and friends. Come to UHCS to speak with a counselor, if:
a. you feel the need to talk with someone about how you are doing.
b. you are having difficulty functioning due to being upset by the surrounding events.
c. the disruption in your mood and concentration continues over an extended period.
10. Encourage a friend to get help if you see him or her having a difficult time.
11. Call NUPD immediately at 617-373-3333 if you feel at any risk of harm to yourself or others, or if you become aware of anyone else who is experiencing the same.