Coping after a major emergency
There are lots of ways to connect with people if you feel you need some help and it's ok to feel like this still and to ask for help.
Emergencies can happen at any time and people react differently during an emergency.
We also know that people take time to recover from the stress of what they have been through.
Like Christchurch City District Health Board says ‘‘you are neither sick nor crazy. You are going through a crisis, and you are reacting in a normal way to an abnormal situation’’.
An event such as the earthquake last November puts some of us in difficult and different situations than we’re normally used to. As a result we might not be sleeping well and be a bit more on edge and jumpy.
Straight after the earthquake, some of us became involved in helping our families and communities without taking the time for ourselves.
Some of us are only now getting around to being better prepared. Some people are still out of their homes or lost possessions. We may still be dealing with insurance and some of us still can’t get back into our workplaces.
Emotions after a big event are understandable and a normal response to earthquakes.
Five months on, with a long weekend coming up, and after such a bad summer, it’s a good time to reflect on how we are feeling.
You might feel ok but maybe your friends and neighbours could do with a hello and a smile as we harness positive energy - without trying to sound too ‘‘newaged’’ about it.
There are lots of ways to connect with people if you feel you need some help and it’s ok to feel like this still and to ask for help.
Some other coping strategies could be connect with those around you – friends, family, or neighbours.
A five-minute chat on the street can make all the difference.
Be prepared – we can’t say it enough, if you feel prepared for what could happen, you’ll be less anxious about it.
We can’t stop natural events, after all, they are what has shaped our beautiful country, but we can get through them more comfortably.
Put your hand on your heart – it calms stress neutrons. Practise breathing exercises or take time out of your busy daily routine to do something nice for yourself.
Practise stress-reducing exercises or do an activity that makes you happy.
If you have any issues on emergency preparedness you’d like discussed in this column, email email@example.com