How To Take Care Of Yourself
People can experience a wide range of emotions before and after incidents of mass violence, but it’s important to find healthy ways to cope.
Don’t Consume (Too Much) Media
There is a fine line between staying up-to-date about events and becoming upset by news and images. Social media and television, particularly TV news, often show the scariest parts and repeat them over and over. It is important to limit news especially 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 Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990). You may also find comfort in participating in commemorative events or by volunteering in your community.
Connect With Loved Ones
Talk about your losses if you need to. If you want to talk about your losses since the disaster, you can. If you want to talk about the future, you can do that, too. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust. That can be a friend or family member or a health care professional.
If you’re in distress related to the anniversary of the Orlando shooting, you can reach out to a counselor, therapist, or crisis hotline for support. You can call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) at any time.The Helpline’s counselors are specially trained to support people who feel distress related to disasters such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The Helpline provides free and confidential crisis counseling to anyone in the United States, is available 24/7 and offers translation services in over 50 languages.