Dealing with disaster can be hard on your physically and mentally.
Dealing with disaster can be hard on your physically and mentally. Stuart Cumming

How to cope after a disaster

EXPERIENCING a tragedy or disaster can not only rock you physically, but psychologically as well.

Knowing how to cope, and how to read signs of your loved ones who may not be coping, is vital.

Some common reactions to tragedy include:

Feelings of fear, sadness or anger

Feeling overwhelmed, numb or withdrawn

Difficulty planning ahead

Tearfulness

Recurring bad dreams about the incident

Sleeping difficulties

The Red Cross advises that most of these feelings are normal and should fade in time, but at any time if these feelings severely affect a person and their ability to participate in everyday life, they need to seek help from a GP.

How you can help yourself grieve and recover from a disaster:

Spend time with family and loved ones

Try to get back into a routine

Try to be healthy - balanced diet, exercise and sleep

Take time out when you need it for things you enjoy

Write down your worries to get them out of your head

Express your feelings with loved ones and a professional

Accept help when it is offered

Realise you're not alone.



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