COPING WITH DISASTER-RELATED STRESS

Irritability and anger
Loss of appetite
Fatigue
Inability to sleep

Nightmares
Headaches
Hyperactivity
Hyper-alertness

Sadness
Nausea
Lack of concentration
Increase in alcohol or drug consumption

• Talk with someone about your feelings – anger, sorrow and other emotions – even though it may be difficult.

• Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.

• Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work. Do join a Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT) This will give you the training to help those in your neighborhood and then in the other needed areas.

• Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation and meditation.

• Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.

• Spend time with family and friends.

• Use existing support groups of family, friends and religious institutions.

• Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plan. Doing these positive actions can be comforting.

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