Caring for your physical and mental well-being following a crisis
In the aftermath of a significant event, there can be many effects that arise weeks to months after the event has passed. It is normal to experience a stress response following significant events. Below are possible impacts individuals may experience following crisis events.
Sleep and appetite changes
Increase anxiety or edginess
Fear of the events happening again
Changes in beliefs and attitudes
Changes in relationships with others
Checklist for Self-Care following stressful events
There are some ways in which we can care for ourselves following the event that are useful in managing some of these responses.
Having a structured routine
Seeking social support from friends and family
Utilizing breathing and other relaxation exercises
Increase self dialogue to re-frame your thinking
Positive activities and focusing on what you can do right now
Say "No" when needed, to not over-extend self
Learn to ask for help from friends and professionals
When to seek help
A stress response is a normal reaction to significant events, it does not mean an individual is suffering from a mental illness. Each individual and community is impacted in some way from significant events and adjust in their own time. Please know that there are services to help.
Feeling numb/avoiding emotions or depressed mood that is lasting
Thoughts that create distress about the event that interrupt daily life
Social withdrawal even after it is safe to connect
Loss of interest in usually fun activities
Persistent worry and anxiety that seems unmanageable
Our services are focused on offering mind and body healing from difficult events and circumstances. We are here for you.
For more information on what we offer, please visit our website at www.peaceoftime.org or call us at 412-578-9700.