We have all been touched in different ways by the recent tragedy in Aurora. It may be very difficult to navigate through your thoughts and feelings. These are some tips that may make it easier to cope:
Normal responses to trauma can include:
- Fear, anxiety, worry, apprehension
- Depression, tearfulness, numbness
- Anger, irritability
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of powerlessness
Steps to healing:
- Remind yourself that your symptoms are normal reactions to abnormal circumstances.
- Talk about your feelings, thoughts and reactions with people you trust.
- Create a feeling of safety in your immediate surroundings.
- Resume normal activities and routines as soon as possible.
- Get proper rest, nutrition and exercise.
- Avoid excess use of alcohol and caffeine.
- Become aware of your emotional triggers and learn how to cope with them.
- Be patient with yourself. Healing will happen, but can take time.
- Seek professional counseling if symptoms become more severe or seem to be lasting too long.
To help the children in your life:
- Encourage children and adolescents to talk about their feelings and concerns.
- Answer children’s questions with age-appropriate responses.
- Assure children of their safety and let them know that such events are very rare.
- Maintain routines and ensure that children get adequate sleep and good nutrition.
- Spend more time with your children and assure them of your love.
- Limit media exposure to the event.
We are here to help. Please contact Pennock Center for Counseling if you have any questions or need additional assistance.
Pennock Center for Counseling