Healing After a Traumatic Event

When a traumatic event like Hurricane Sandy strikes, you may have feelings of anxiety or depression. Here are a few suggestions to help get you back on track.

1. If you are feeling jittery

  • Do something that is routine or habitual. Do the dishes, mow the lawn, cook, or clean.
  • Go for a walk. It gives you a sense of being grounded and wears off stress

2. When you are aware of negative thoughts

  • Turn the negative thought to a neutral or positive statement. "I can make good choices and I can do what I can with the information I have."
  • Develop a mantra. "Life has risks, I can choose to take reasonable risks so I can fulfill my dreams and live my life."

3. When the world seems scary and dangerous, remember:

  • Fear is self-imposed and destroys your confidence.
  • Giving in to fear makes life less safe, as you do NOT learn what you are capable of doing.
  • Fear lets you know there MAY be danger. Recognize the danger and adapt to it.
  • Try relaxation breathing techniques or yoga exercises.

4. If you remain anxious or depressed after a seemingly appropriate amount of time:

  • Reach out for assistance, join a support group, or talk to a professional.
  • Remember, people adjust differently. Don't compare yourself to others, but be in touch with your own feelings.

If you believe anxiety or trauma may be affecting your health, consult with your health care provider.

For more information about the VNA Health Group programs and services please call 800-400-0981.

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