Information from the CDC on taking care of your emotional health during a disaster.
A few steps that you can follow:
- Take care of your body.
- Connect with others.
- Take breaks.
- Stay informed.
- Avoid too much exposure to the news.
- Seek help when needed.
Common signs of distress to look for:
- Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.
- Changes in appetite, energy and activity levels.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Anger or short-temper.
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
* If you are experiencing these feelings or behaviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them seek professional help. *
There is further information and additional resources on CDC’s website, here.