How to Cope

Know How To Cope
You can take steps to help yourself, your family members, friends and co-workers as we all cope with the emotional and physical results of emergencies. The following is a list of "self-help" suggestions that is designed to help you cope with stressful events.
  • Get some exercise. Within the first 24 to 48 hours after an event, short periods of physical exercise will alleviate some of the physical reactions to stress.
  • Keep yourself busy. If you structure your time, you won't have a chance to get "down."
  • Remind yourself that you are normal, and your reactions are normal.
  • Talk. Conversation is one of the most therapeutic things you can do.
  • Be conscious of overuse of drugs or alcohol. This behavior can complicate things further and lead to substance abuse.
  • Keep your life as routine and normal as possible.
  • Realize that it is okay to spend time alone.
  • Help your coworkers by sharing feelings and checking out how they are doing - but respect their feelings if they don't want to talk.
  • Do things you enjoy. Indulging yourself will make you feel better.
  • Keep in mind that the reactions others have won't be normal; stress could cause them to act and react differently than usual.
  • Write in a journal, especially if you are having trouble sleeping.
  • Don't make any major life changes. Buying that new car or getting married on the spur of the moment could lead to more stress down the road.
  • Make as many decisions as you can on a daily basis. This will give you a sense of control over the events of your own life.