Healthy Coping Strategies




Are you experiencing strong reactions (sadness, shock, fear) to recent news you received, or an event that happened to you? The EAP would like to suggest you try the following:

WITHIN THE FIRST 24-48 HOURS, periods of appropriate physical exercise alternated with relaxation will alleviate some of the physical reactions.

Structure your time – keep busy.

You’re normal and having normal reactions – don’t 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 don’t need to complicate this with a substance abuse problem.

Reach out – people do care.

Maintain as normal a schedule 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.

Don’t 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 you’re not sure.

Get plenty of rest.

Reoccurring thoughts, dreams or flashbacks are normal – don’t try to fight them. They’ll decrease over time and become less painful.

Eat well-balanced and regular meals (even if you don’t feel like it).

Call the EAP. Counselors can help you and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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