As a nation, we are experiencing many emotions. Whether directly or indirectly we have all been impacted by the devastating drought & now these unrelenting fires.
Like many others, I have friends and friends with family that have been evacuated and don’t know if they will have their home to return to at the end of the day. This is very traumatic for them, waiting and not knowing.
These protracted dealings with such a pervasive experience of these unpredictable natural disasters constitute a national crisis that is traumatic both for those directly impacted and indirectly. As such they bring high levels of stress as a by-product and can sometimes feel nearly unmanageable.
Here are some tips on ways to cope with a crisis:
1. Find Support.
Talk about it. By talking with others about the event, you can relieve stress and realize that others share your feelings. Spend time with friends and family.
2. Lessen Your Stress Response.
Take care of yourself. Limit exposure to images of the disaster. Find time for activities you enjoy. Take one thing at a time. Do something positive. Avoid drugs and excessive drinking.
3. Process Your Feelings
It is ‘normal’ to have a range of feelings during and after major traumatic events. However, if you don’t deal with the stress, it can be harmful to your mental and physical health.
Ask for help when you need it. 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 seek professional help.
I’ve included this eloquent reflective article I read.
Can I encourage you to make yourself a cuppa to have while you read it.
Dr Helen Edwards