Coping After Sandy
Disasters like Hurricane Sandy can impact both your physical and mental health. Even after the initial stress of the disaster diminishes, you might still be feeling some combination of anger, sadness, depression and anxiety. So here are some tips for coping with all this:
- Talk about the event with others. You will find that others most likely share your feelings.
- Spend time with family and friends. They can help you through tough times. Stay in touch by phone.
- Take care of yourself. Get rest and eat properly. Don‘t over-indulge in caffeine, alcohol, or other drugs, as these can increase your stress, anxiety, and/or depression.
- Take one thing at a time. Pick a task and work on it. Once you accomplish the task, check it off and choose the next one.
- Do something positive. Helping others can give you a sense of purpose in a situation that feels out of control.
- Talk to your kids about any fears or worries they may have. Let them know you are coping and that, in time, things will get better.
- Ask for help when you need it – now or in the future, and especially if feelings of depression or anxiety continue for several weeks.
Where can you find more help? Call FAMILYConnections at 973-675-3817.
Here are some additional resources:
- Tips for Families
- New Jersey Hope and Disaster Mental Health Helpline
- SAMHSA Disaster Counseling Hotline
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