Talk about it: connect with someone you trust on how you are feeling. Receiving support and reassurance can help with the overwhelming emotions that are coming up.
Strive for balance: this extremely hard event can make things feel hopeless. Try to find a balance between talking about this and finding ways to think of what is meaningful and comforting to you.
Turn off and take a break: over exposure to this event can cause a lot of stress, please take breaks from all of the difficult information to process.
Honor your feelings: it is normal to feel a range of emotions after a traumatic event you may start to psychically feel your stress by being exhausted and sore.
Take care of yourself: eat, get rest, drink water, breathing exercises.
Help others to do something productive: sometimes focusing on tasks and helping others can help us feel better as well.
If you have recently lost friends or family in this or other tragedies: grief is a process for some it will be staying home for others it will be getting back into a routine, there will be many ups and downs. Give yourself time and grace to process and heal.
More Tips for Survivors
from NAMI National and NAMI Maine On Fatal Shootings In Lewiston, Maine
with Greg Marley