Steps to help you cope after tragedy

After a devastating and tragic event like the mass shooting in Orlando, people may experience many different emotions, such as fear, anger, confusion, shock, disbelief, sadness and grief.

rco_blog_img_psychfirstaidAll of these feelings are normal.

People’s reactions appear in different ways, not only in the way someone feels, but in the way they think and what they think about; their sleeping habits, how they go about daily living; and the way they interact and get along with others.

All of these reactions are normal.

Here are a few steps to help you and others cope:

  • Stay informed, but limit exposure to media coverage of the events.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
  • Stay connected with your family and other support systems. Reach out and accept help from others.
  • Encourage children to express their feelings and thoughts. Reassure them about their safety.
  • Reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support via the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.

This content originally appeared on redcross.org. To see more, click here

Author: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin.

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