10 ways to help heal after this tragic event:
“Healing” is derived from the old English word “hoelan,” to make whole. How we integrate what has happened in our lives is up to each of us.
1. Prioritize your life goals and commit to what is meaningful to you.
2. Connect with friends, family and community in meaningful ways every day.
3. Share and express your feelings. Join in community ritual to share grief and reinforce a sense of human belonging.
4. Normalize your life, by maintaining your schedule and ongoing commitments as much as possible.
5. Focus on doing the best job you can. Attend to the responsibilities of your job as a parent, a community member, spouse and worker.
6. Take time to have fun. Laugh, play sports and engage in activities that reaffirm your personal life, values and relationships.
7. Engage in calming activities, such as yoga, walking, golf, meditation or any other practice that soothes your mind and body.
8. Take positive action. Spend time with your kids, volunteer, give blood or donate money to help others.
9. Value life. Commit to live your life with conviction and passion.
10. Express your love in words and actions to those who are important in your life.
Symptoms of stress
All of us have been exposed to a very traumatic national event. How we handle stress is very individual. Some of us will have more difficulty than others coping with this trauma. It is not uncommon to experience an acute stress reaction, which lasts anywhere from two days to four weeks or find pre-existing symptoms of anxiety are exacerbated. Others will find themselves affected by longer lasting post-traumatic stress disorder.