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  • 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: 
    • Aerobics
    • Rowing
    • Walking
    • Swimming
    • Progressive relaxation
    • Yoga
    • Massage
    • Biking
    • Soaking in a hot tub or sauna (be aware too long or too hot exposure can increase your blood pressure)
Last Modified: 7/19/18