about the event over and over again will only increase your stress.
-- Find time for activities you enjoy. Read a book, go for a walk, catch a
movie or do something else you find enjoyable. These healthy activities
can help you get your mind off the disaster and keep the stress in
-- Take one thing at a time. For people under stress, an ordinary workload
can sometimes seem unbearable. Pick one urgent task and work on it.
Once you accomplish that task, choose the next one. "Checking off"
tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and make things feel less
-- Do something positive. Give blood, prepare "care packages" for people
who have lost relatives or their homes or jobs, or volunteer in a
rebuilding effort. Helping other people can give you a sense of purpose
in a situation that feels 'out of your control.'
-- Avoid drugs and excessive drinking. Drugs and alcohol may temporarily
seem to remove stress, but in the long run they generally create
additional problems that compound the stress you were already feeling.
-- Ask for help when you need it. If your feelings do not go away or are
so intense that they interfere with your ability to function in daily
life, talk with a trusted relative, friend, doctor or spiritual advisor
about getting help. Make an appointment with a mental health
professional to discuss how well you are coping with the recent events.
You could also join a support group. Don't try to cope alone. Asking
for help is not a sign of weakness.
Access and Crisis Line: 800-479-3339
2-1-1 San Diego: 211
Mental Health America: 619-543-0412
NAMI: 619-543-1434 or 800-523-5933
|SOURCE Mental Health America of San Diego County|
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