Know How To Cope
You can take steps to help yourself, your family members, friends and co-workers as we all cope with the emotional and physical results of emergencies. The following is a list of "self-help" suggestions that is designed to help you cope with stressful events.
Get some exercise. Within the first 24 to 48 hours after an event, short periods of physical exercise will alleviate some of the physical reactions to stress.
Keep yourself busy. If you structure your time, you won't have a chance to get "down."
Remind yourself that you are normal, and your reactions are normal.
Talk. Conversation is one of the most therapeutic things you can do.
Be conscious of overuse of drugs or alcohol. This behavior can complicate things further and lead to substance abuse.
Keep your life as routine and normal as possible.
Realize that it is okay to spend time alone.
Help your coworkers by sharing feelings and checking out how they are doing - but respect their feelings if they don't want to talk.
Do things you enjoy. Indulging yourself will make you feel better.
Keep in mind that the reactions others have won't be normal; stress could cause them to act and react differently than usual.
Write in a journal, especially if you are having trouble sleeping.
Don't make any major life changes. Buying that new car or getting married on the spur of the moment could lead to more stress down the road.
Make as many decisions as you can on a daily basis. This will give you a sense of control over the events of your own life.