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Tragedy Aftermath: Taking Care of Yourself

Having just experienced the shock and pain of a tragedy, you may be very shaken for the next few days or weeks. As the immediate shock wears off, you will start to rebuild and put your life back together. During this time, you may experience a range of emotions. In the wake of such events, it is not uncommon for you to feel let down and resentful many months following.

Some common responses to a disaster include[1]:




         Headaches or Nausea

         Loss of Appetite


         Inability to Sleep

         Lack of Concentration


         Increase in Alcohol or Drug Consumption

Many victims of tragedy will have at least one of these responses. Acknowledging your feelings is the first step in feeling better. Other helpful things to do include[2]:

         Talk about your experiences. Sharing your feelings rather than holding them in will help you feel better about what happened.

         Pay attention to your health, diet, and adequate sleep. Relaxation exercises may help if you have difficulty sleeping.

         Prepare for possible future emergencies to lessen feelings of helplessness and bring peace of mind.


Call Your EAP
If you have difficulty coping with you emotions, you may wish to contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP).



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[1] Los Angeles City Fire Department, Earthquake Preparedness Kit,

[2] Los Angeles City Fire Department, Earthquake Preparedness Kit,