After experiencing a stressful or traumatic event, it takes time for our minds, bodies, and spirits to adjust and rebalance. This is normal and expected. This document details some tips to help you – as an individual, parent, and/or leader – to make this adjustment.
Things to try
Stress management for parents
Traumatic events require special attention to communicating with children and adolescents. Physical safety and security takes priority.
For leaders and supervisors
Signs of stress
Physical signs include:
Cognitive/mental signs include:
Emotional signs include:
Behavioral signs include:
These are all normal responses to abnormal events. If they continue however, this can be a problem. The very best police and fire departments seek help regularly when needed.
(NOTE: These tips were compiled from a variety of sources by a team of Army and Defense Department mental-health professionals who deployed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attack on the Pentagon to assist survivors, military rescue workers, and their families.)