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Coping skills

Do

  • Get adequate rest.
  • Maintain a good diet and exercise.
  • Be good to yourself and schedule time for leisure activities.
  • Try to maintain your regular schedule but recognize you may not always follow through.
  • Share your feelings with friends and family members who can be supportive.
  • Remember, the event may preoccupy your mind.
  • Contact your EAP if you need additional assistance or information about trauma.

Don't

  • Abuse alcohol or drugs to block out the painful memories.
  • Isolate yourself from friends, co-workers and family.
  • Stay away from work.
  • Set a time line for recovery.
  • Expect a complex problem to have a simple solution.
  • Make major life changes or decisions at this time.
  • Be hard on yourself or others.