The news out of Orlando this weekend was met with shock and disbelief across the world.
While it may be tempting to stay focused on the TV or social media, it’s important to turn away from the screen now and then and connect with each other.
So how do you deal with the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando? We pulled together some tips to help cope with this tragedy, or any other traumatic situations you may encounter in life.
Actionable Steps to Cope After the Shooting in Orlando
- Limit Media Exposure: Stay informed but limit media exposure of the events, especially for children. Children are especially vulnerable to stress reactions related to media.
- Talk with Children: Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. Talk with them in ways that they can easily understand. Let them guide the conversation; share details only when they ask about them.
- Listen to and Support Others: Spend more time with family and friends and offer your support. Hug one another and listen.
- Take Care of Yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
Monitor and Know What’s Normal
- Nervousness: Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows what could potentially happen next. Remember that it’s okay to feel nervous.
- Stress Reactions: Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
- Watch for Stress and Get Help: Watch for signs of stress in your family, friends and children. Get help from others if needed.
To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support after the Orlando shooting, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
What happened in Orlando also emphasizes the importance of knowing what to do when an emergency occurs. Read more about how to prepare for the unexpected on redcross.org.