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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 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
Take care of your children
The two most common indicators of distress in children are changes in their behavior and behavior regression.
If you feel the need to have additional professional support and counseling, talk with your family physician or a counselor.
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