Coping with Trauma
Self Care After a Traumatic Event
Traumatic Experiences: Self Care & Care for Others
Suggestions on Ways
to Care for Yourself after a Traumatic Event or Disaster:
natural support systems, friends, families, & co-workers
your experience with those close to you or keep a diary.
telling stories in a repetitive way that may deepen the trauma.
news in time limited intervals and then turn the news off.
on your personal resources, the things that make you feel calm,
strong, and grounded.
get preoccupied with the things you canít control.
things that allow you to get your mind off the trauma: watch a
movie, knit, garden, cook, play with children or a pet.
well-balanced meals and get plenty of rest. If having
difficulty sleeping, try some relaxation exercises before bedtime.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and drugs.
or re-establish routines.
making major life decisions such as switching careers or jobs.
to help by donating blood or send money to victims.
involved in groups, lead by trained professionals, that
process the traumatic event.
to Expect after a Traumatic Event:
Reactions: shock, fear,
denial, grief, anger, helplessness, hopelessness, feeling numb or
empty, diminished ability to feel interest, pleasure, and love
fatigue, edginess, insomnia, bodily aches or pain, being startled
easily, racing heartbeat, nausea, change of appetite, change in sex
disorientation, worry, shortened attention span, difficulty
concentrating, memory loss, recurring thoughts or nightmares,
conflict, withdrawal, work problems, school problems, irritability,
loss of intimacy, being over-controlling