After a  critical incident  the wish to deny that it happened is as strong as the will to talk about it.   The following will help speed recovery:
Talk to your supervisor about the possibility of a Critical Incident Debriefing session. 

Physical Exercise  -  Within the first 24-48 hour periods of appropriate physical exercise, alternated with relaxation will alleviate some of the physical reactions.

*Structure your time - keep busy.

*Maintain as normal a schedule as possible.

*Maintaining a good diet, sleep and exercise
habits.

*Get plenty of rest.

*Be aware of numbing the pain. 

*Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine as much
as possible.
You don't need to complicate this with a substance abuse problem.

*Don't make any big life changes.
*Talk about the incident with people whom you
trust, especially those who have experienced the  event. They may have similar feelings and
reactions  Let your family and friends share in
your journey.  Their support can help you.

*Balance self-isolation with the companionship of  others

*Help your co-workers as much as possible by
sharing feelings and checking out how they are
doing.

*Avoid situations that will promote further stress.

*Give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feeling s with others.

*Keep a journal; write your way through those
sleepless hours.

*If you find that the experience is affecting your ability to cope,
seek the assistance of a professional. Remember - you are a normal person who has experienced an abnormal event. 

Dr. Ross Plews
D.Min;. MA; CPC; CGT; CCPCPr.ACP
Certified Professional Counsellor #20140046
Certified Gottman Therapist #214
CCPCPr Advanced Counselling Practitioner #1267


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