Don’t Watch (Too Much) News
There is a fine line between staying up-to-date about events and becoming upset by news and images. The media, particularly TV news station, often show the scariest parts and repeat them over and over. It is important to limit news for young children who don’t understand when or where these events are taking place.
Take Care of Yourself
You may not want to eat a healthy meal or go for a jog, but taking care of yourself will help your body deal with stress. Make it a priority to exercise each day, eat well, and plan to get a good night of sleep. You may be tempted to deal with your feelings by having a few beers or doing drugs, but positive coping skills like writing in a journal will help you heal in the long run.
When tragedy strikes, we often look for ways to help those in need. One way to do this is to help promote life-saving services like the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990). You may also find comfort in taking part in a candle-light vigil or by volunteering in your community.