FOR INDIVIDUALS DEALING WITH A TRAUMATIC STRESS INCIDENT
- Reach out to people really do care.
- Reconnect with family, spiritual, and community supports.
- Consider keeping a journal.
- Do not make any big life decisions if possible.
- Make as many daily decisions as possible to give yourself a feeling of control over your life.
- Spend time with others or alone doing the things you enjoy to refresh and recharge yourself.
- Remember that "getting back to normal" takes time. Grief and loss has no time line. Gradually work back into your routine.
- Be aware that recovery is not a straight path but can be a matter of two steps forward and one back. You will make progress.
- Appreciate a sense of humor in yourself and others. It is okay to laugh again; this is a time for patience, understanding, and communication.
- Avoid use/overuse of drugs/alcohol. Don't complicate your situation with a substance abuse problem.
- Get plenty of rest and normal exercise. Eat well-balanced, regular meals.
- People may not say anything and may seem to ignore the situation. It is not that they don't care about you; they don't know what to say.
- Some people will make insensitive comments thinking they are being helpful. Again, they do not know what to say.