5. Take care of yourself
You don't need to be directly involved in a tragedy to feel its effects. It's important to take care of yourself so you can continue to support your family.
- Allow yourself to feel. It’s a normal reaction to upsetting news. It shows compassion.
- Limit how much news you watch if you’re becoming pre-occupied or feeling overwhelmed.
- Talk to others about how this event has affected you.
- Calm yourself. Go for walk. Take deep breaths. Do things that relax you.
- Think helpfully. Tragic things happen but remember most of the time we’re safe and most people are good.
- Take care of yourself. Exercise. Sleep. See friends and family. Do things you enjoy.
- Re-direct your energy into things that will make a positive difference. Donate money. Volunteer your time. Raise awareness about the response efforts and available support.
- Don’t be afraid to seek professional support if you need it.
Children often learn how to feel about something by watching and modelling adults’ reactions. Share your feelings, but show that you’re managing them. If you’re feeling upset or distressed, talk privately with another adult you trust or a health professional.