Take Care of Your Emotional Health

Even when a traumatic event happens in another part of the country or another part of the world, it may have an impact on all of us.

Of course, if you are in the area where the event has happened, the effects will be even greater. It is also important to understand that people in the health care and human services fields may be affected by common stress reactions. Watch for these reactions in yourself and your family. Then take the time to take care of each other.

Common stress reactions can be emotional (feelings), cognitive (thinking process), behavioral (actions) and physical (overall health). Some examples are anxiety, fear, depression, confusion, poor concentration, a change in sleeping or eating patterns, headaches, fatigue, stomach distress, and a decreased resistance to infection. All of these and others are normal responses to abnormal and traumatic events.

Take care of yourself

  • Make sure you are eating well, drinking lots of fluids and getting enough sleep.
  • Exercise and relaxation exercises are highly encouraged.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family.

Take care of your children

The two most common indicators of distress in children are changes in their behavior and behavior regression.

  • Talk with your children about their feelings and share information that they can understand.
  • Reassure your child that you are safe and together.
  • Try to spend extra time together in fun family activities.
  • Limiting media exposure for children is a good idea.

If you feel the need to have additional professional support and counseling, talk with your family physician or a counselor.

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