Coping with Stress

How can we manage stress after a traumatic event?

Physical or emotional tension are often signs of stress. They can be reactions to a situation that causes you to feel threatened or anxious. Stress can be positive (such as planning your wedding) or negative (such as dealing with the effects of a natural disaster).

Strong emotions like fear, sadness, or other symptoms of depression are normal, as long as they are temporary and don’t interfere with daily activities. If these emotions last too long or cause other problems, it’s time to talk with your medical provider.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like to provide the following information to help cope with stress following a traumatic event.

Symptoms of Stress

Common reactions to a stressful event include:

Tips for Self-Care

  1. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Get plenty of sleep
  4. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out—for example, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage
  5. Maintain a normal routine

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