Along with all the practical details that need to be dealt with following the earthquake, looking after yourself is vital
Following a disaster of this magnitude it is normal to have a range of responses. Don’t be surprised if you;
- Feel unsettled, anxious or scared
- Are more irritable and less tolerant of others
- Feel exhausted and on edge
- Have difficulty making decisions
Children may become clingy and need a lot more reassurance and support than usual.
There are a number of things you can do to help you cope:
- Talk to people you trust.
- Ask for, and accept offers of practical help.
- Get some physical exercise; it helps relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
- Eat well balanced, regular meals, and try to get some rest.
- Avoid using alcohol or drugs to manage your stress.
- Try to re-establish and maintain as many normal routines as possible.
- If you feel uncomfortable being on your own, stay with others or have someone stay with you.
- It is normal to feel like this, it is the situation that is abnormal.
- You’re allowed to feel bad; your world has been turned upside down.
- Those you are dealing with are also feeling stressed.
- It’s all right to grieve for the loss of material things.
- Others around you may have completely different reactions.
Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga has trained counsellors available to help you and your family cope with the emotional impact of the earthquake.
Call 03 366 8804 or 0800 RELATE (0800 735 283) for telephone support or to make an appointment.