- Within the first 24-48 hours, periods of strenuous physical exercise alternated with relaxation will alleviate some of the physical reactions.
- Structure your time keep busy.
- You are normal and having reactions dont label yourself crazy.
- Talk to people talk is the most healing medicine.
- Be aware of numbing the pain with overuse of drugs or alcohol; you dont need to complicate this with a substance abuse problem.
- Reach out people do care.
- Keep your life as normal as possible.
- Spend time with others.
- Help your co-workers 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.
- Keep a journal; write your way through those sleepless hours.
- Do things that feel good to you.
- Realize those around you are under stress.
- The Nutrition Almanac recommends supplementing your diet with Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Magnesium.
- Dont make any big life changes.
- Do make as many daily decisions as possible which will give you a feeling of control over your life. (i.e., if someone asks you what you want to eat, answer them even if youre not sure.)
- Hide duplicate keys (keys to the car, house, etc.) in secure areas.
- Prepare yourself for work the night before (e.g., choose your clothes, pack your briefcase).
- Drink more water and decrease caffeine. Americans tend to be dehydrated which can impact our physical and mental performance.
- When appropriate, say no to requests that place additional demands on your life. Examine the consequences (e.g., did your worst fears materialize?).
- Examine your concerns or worries that preoccupy your mind. Ask yourself some of these
questions: Will I still be worrying about this concern in one month? When Im lying
on my deathbed, will I still be thinking about this concern?
Simplify, under-schedule, stretch, meditate, and help others.
- If stress registers mainly in your body, youll need a remedy that will break up the
physical tension pattern. This may be a vigorous body workout, but a slow-paced,
even lazy, relaxation of muscles may be equally effective. Here are some suggestions
to get you started:
- Progressive relaxation
- Soaking in a hot tub or sauna (be aware too long or too hot exposure can increase your blood pressure)