After the Storm: Part 4
Today is the final part in our series on coping with stressful events, like the recent storms in Jacksonville, AL. Today, our focus is on adults.
Typical Behaviors: Events like the recent storms can cause a significant amount of stress for adults. This stress can present itself in several different behaviors and symptoms. Some of those behaviors include:
- Replaying the event or memories of the event in your head
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Flashbacks to the event
- Fear, worry, or anxiety
- Anger, depression, or sadness
- Increased sensitivity to loud noises or being easily startled
- Decreased appetite or trouble eating
When To Seek Professional Help: You should seek help if any of the behaviors listed above persist for more than a few weeks, behaviors continue to worsen over time, or behaviors begin to interfere with day-to-day activities. Even if the guidelines above aren’t met, if you think you need professional help, you should contact someone.
Tips To Help: There are several things you can do to help yourself cope with the stress you may be feeling. Many adults, especially parents, find themselves putting on a “brave face” in order to help their families. It’s important to make time for you to process your thoughts and emotions with another adult. In order for you to take care of others, you must make time to care for yourself. Some ways you can practice self-care include:
- Make time for rest
- Accept help from others when you can
- Try to keep to your normal routines. If normal isn’t possible, work to establish new, consistent routines.
- Practice thankfulness and gratitude – Ex: Write a letter to someone who has helped you
- Perform acts of kindness
Resources – Local & Online
- Disaster Recovery Center: The Disaster Recovery Center is located in the Jacksonville Train Depot (map). This is designed to be a one-stop shop for all the resources you need, including mental health and counseling services.
- School Counselor: If your child is enrolled in school, the school counselor can help you assess behaviors and connect you with resources you may be needing.
- Garrett Counseling: You are also welcome to contact our office. We accept most major insurances, and we can be reached at (256) 239-5662.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
- TTY: 1-800-846-8517
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746