Staying Healthy After a Difficult Event

September 12, 2019
Staying Health

Reactions to difficult events vary, but we all likely share some disequilibrium based on our own personal experiences. We may feel shock, sadness, numbness, disorientation, guilt, anger, stirred up feelings about other traumas or losses, anxiety about the future, or an inability to concentrate. As we deal with our thoughts and feelings associated with the event, here are a few reminders about taking care of ourselves:

  • Periods of physical exercise, alternated with relaxation, can alleviate some physical reactions.
  • Talk to people. Although spending time alone may be necessary, it is very important to spend time with others. Talking can help in the healing process.
  • Be there for other people who are having a hard time. It can be comforting to give comfort to others.
  • Eat well‐balanced, regular meals, even if your appetite is off.
  • Maintain as much of a normal routine as possible.
  • Focus on completing small tasks to help with concentration.
  • Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.
  • If possible, avoid making any big life changes or major decisions.
  • Make as many daily decisions as you can. This can give you a feeling of control over your life.
  • Do things that feel good to you and make you feel good about yourself.
  • Avoid excessive use of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Keep a journal. Writing helps to focus your thoughts, and can help with concentration.
  • Allow yourself to feel your feelings, without self‐judgment or blame.

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