Critical Incident Stress
Within the first 24-48
hours: Involve yourself in periods
of strenuous physical exercise alternated with relaxation. This will alleviate some of the physical
Structure your time. Keep busy.
You are normal and having normal
reactions. Don’t label yourself
crazy or weak.
Reach out. People do care.
Talk to people. Talk is the most healing medicine.
Spend time with others. Do not withdraw from family or
You don’t need to complicate this
with a substance problem. Be aware
of numbing the pain with misuse of drug and alcohol.
Help your coworkers as much as
possible by sharing feelings and checking out how they are doing.
Give yourself permission to feel
rotten and share your feelings with others.
Remember: You can handle your feelings. The intensity of the hurt will
Keep a journal. Write down your thought and
feelings. It will keep your mind
and body occupied.
Do things that feel good to
Realize those around you are also
Don’t make any big life
Do make as many daily decisions
as possible, which will give you a feeling of control over your life. i.e, if others ask you what you want to
eat, answer them even if you are not sure.