Remember to eat, and drink plenty of water. This is hugely important, because under stress you are burning up the calories right and left. Get regular exercise and sleep. You need to take care of yourself
Be aware of how events tend to unfold. A “honeymoon” phase when there is significant attention to and assistance for those affected by an emergency. A “reality” phase when there may be less help available and the loss can be overwhelming.
Experts agree that recovery from trauma doesn’t just “happen” — it’s a process that usually involves positive, self-preserving action. Be aware of trauma symptoms, and if you are experiencing them, talk with a professional who is trained in trauma support
Feeling physically and mentally drained
Having difficulty making decisions or staying focused on topics
Becoming easily frustrated on a frequent basis
Frustration occurring more quickly and more often
Arguing more with family and friends
Feeling tired, sad, numb, lonely or worried
Experiencing changes in appetite or sleep patterns
Understand that trauma recovery takes time and effort, and is different for everyone. There is no timetable, and it’s more a marathon than a sprint.
Find a Local Disaster Buddy
As you rebuild from the emergency, it will be important to have a friend or two who can help you get through difficult times. These are just good relationships to develop. Look for somebody who’s not necessarily a best friend, but somebody who’s level-headed, and who counterbalances you. More about “Disaster Buddy” here.