Things to Do

  • WITHIN THE FIRST 24-48 HOURS, periods of strenuous physical exercise alternated with relaxation will alleviate some of the physical reactions to stress.
  • Structure your time - keep busy.
  • Talk to people - talk is the most healing of medicines.
  • Beware of numbing the pain with overuse of alcohol or other drugs. You don't need to complicate your healing with a substance abuse problem.
  • Reach out - people do care.
  • Keep your life as normal as possible.
  • Spend time with others.
  • Help your friends and colleagues as much as possible by sharing feelings and checking out how they're doing.
  • Give yourself permission to feel rotten.
  • Keep a journal, write your way through those sleepless hours.
  • Do things that feel good to you. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying things.
  • Don't make any big life changes.
  • Do make as many daily decisions as possible that 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 you're not sure.