Survivor Care Tips...
for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family,
Work, and Financial Life
Things to Remember When Trying to Understand Disaster
- No one who
sees a disaster is untouched by it.
- It is
normal to feel anxious about you and your family's safety.
sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
our feelings helps us recover.
- Focusing on
our strengths and abilities will help you to heal.
help from community programs and resources is healthy.
- We each
have different needs and different ways of coping.
- It is
common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain. However,
nothing good is accomplished by hateful language or actions.
Signs that Adults Need Stress Management Assistance
use of drugs/alcohol
- Poor work
- Colds or
to leave home
- Feelings of
guilt and self-doubt
- Fear of
crowds, strangers, or being alone
Ways to Ease the Stress
- Talk with
someone about your feelings– anger, sorrow, and other emotions-- even
though it may be difficult.
- Don't hold
yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you
feel that you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
- Take steps
to promote your own physical and emotional healing by staying active in your
daily life patterns or by adjusting them. This healthy outlook will help
yourself and your family. (i.e. healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation,
- Maintain a
normal household and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities of
yourself and your family.
- Spend time
with family and friends.
in memorials, rituals, and use of symbols as a way to express feelings.
existing supports groups of family, friends, and church.
- Establish a
family emergency plan. Feeling that there is something that you can do can
be very comforting.
* When to Seek Help: If self help strategies are not
helping or you find that you are using drugs/alcohol in order to cope, you may
wish to seek outside or professional assistance with your stress symptoms.