As a senior, how can I cope after a disaster?

As a senior, talking about what happened during a natural disaster or act of terror and sharing your feelings with others you trust or who have lived through similar events can be helpful. It also is important to take care of yourself physically. This includes eating properly, taking your regular medications and getting a good night's rest. Get back into a normal routine as soon as you can. It helps if you can find meaning in what happened or how you handled things. Here are other ways to cope:
  • Stay in touch with family, friends and neighbors, if possible.
  • Spend time with family and loved ones.
  • Even though you need to stay informed, avoid repeatedly watching disturbing events. Watching TV or hearing radio replays of tragic events can increase anxiety and fear.
  • Remind yourself of your strengths and how well you have dealt with problems in the past.
  • Remind yourself that in time you will feel better.
  • Be patient with others and with yourself. Take time to relax. Find a quiet place where you can collect your thoughts and feelings.
  • Keep up your exercise and good health habits.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
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