The symptoms may be physical or emotional. Common reactions to a stressful event can include:Top of Page
- Feelings of fear, shock, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares, concentrating, and making decisions
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol and other substances.
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during traumatic events. Below are some ways that you can help yourself, others, and your community manage stress.
Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress anxiety and self harm thoughts:Top of Page
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed but hearing about the traumatic event constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple of times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
- Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
- Exercise Regularly
- Get Plenty of sleep
For more information take a look at the literature provided belowTop of Page