The Stress Hits 3 Months After Tragedy Change Or Trauma

The Stress Hits 3 Months After Tragedy Change Or Trauma



Think about all that has happened in​ the​ world in​ the​ past few years: 9/11 and thousands losing their lives,​ terrorists who live and breathe to​ take away freedom,​ hurricanes that have completely taken away the​ foundation of​ several states,​ mud slides that have wiped away houses,​ floods that have killed and ruined,​ earthquakes that have swallowed up entire cities,​ riots and gunmen who have terrorized people,​ the​ war that haunts us every day and the​ list goes on. Hundreds of​ thousands of​ people have been uprooted and have been forced to​ move elsewhere to​ get on​ with their lives,​ and millions are dealing with a​ more stressful world.

As someone who has lived through several crisis’ such as​ having a​ baby at​ 28 weeks after laying in​ the​ hospital for 4 weeks upside down,​ living in​ NYC during 9/11,​ losing my business as​ a​ result,​ and 2 moves out of​ state in​ the​ past 5 years,​ I know a​ little bit about surviving a​ trauma and dealing with the​ stress.

It’s hard. it​ shakes you​ to​ your core,​ but it​ can be done.

Here is​ what to​ expect: I’ve guessed it​ can take up to​ about 3 months for the​ numbness to​ really wear off and for the​ stress to​ hit. it​ creeps up on​ you​ as​ a​ sense of​ overwhelm,​ and then the​ nerves start taking over and then POW. Full blown TENSION.

I remember when the​ people in​ Oklahoma were on​ TV counseling the​ residents of​ NYC after 9/11. They said that they weren’t worried about them immediately following,​ but up to​ a​ year later. I remember hearing that and didn’t exactly know what it​ meant. Then,​ I lived through it. the​ Christmas immediately following 9/11 was the​ worst one in​ history for everyone I knew. After speaking with my friends in​ NY,​ everyone admitted that being with family that holiday season was full of​ anger,​ fights and lose tempers. Everyone seemed happy to​ go back to​ their own nest after the​ holidays. I remember that one too. My sister and I had the​ biggest blowout of​ our lives. My parents had to​ mediate and I remember regretting several things I said.

The stress hits the​ families hard. the​ parents fight,​ and the​ kids suffer. the​ kids bring it​ to​ school and it​ affects others. Since we are all connected somehow,​ it’s hitting everyone in​ some capacity.

First of​ all,​ recognize that everyone is​ going to​ go through their own personal trauma. Explain it​ to​ everyone that has gone through something difficult that it​ is​ going to​ happen. Warn them to​ not be caught off guard.

Next,​ seek encourage those who have gone through a​ change to​ seek counsel. if​ it’s from a​ friend,​ a​ professional,​ a​ priest or​ rabbi,​ whomever,​ get HELP. it​ helps to​ talk about what has happened. When a​ person can say the​ words out loud,​ hope can be established. the​ worst thing is​ to​ try to​ handle the​ stress and pressure internally. THIS is​ how people snap! They let the​ stress build up and then they POP. It’s natural. Think of​ a​ balloon. it​ can only handle so much air until it​ breaks. People are the​ same.
Hard exercise should be a​ part of​ every day. Getting out the​ aggression by running,​ walking,​ lifting weights or​ punching a​ bag is​ a​ very therapeutic thing to​ do.

And most importantly,​ spiritual support is​ the​ most important. We know that God understands our fears,​ our hurts and our pains. When it’s too much for us to​ handle,​ reach the​ scriptures that can give so much comfort,​ then give it​ over to​ God. Then release it​ and have the​ faith that He’s working. He can give us ideas that can help solve our issues. He can bring people into our path that can help us with our needs and even think for us when our brains seem to​ be frozen.

Our world is​ at​ a​ boiling pot right now. People’s relationships and lives are in​ danger of​ dealing with too much. It’s time to​ reach out to​ others if​ you’re blessed with comfort and peace right now.

All you​ have to​ do is​ ask your neighbors,​ “how are you​ doing?” if​ you​ do that to​ the​ people you​ see,​ you’ll find people who are in​ need. Then God can begin a​ good work through you.




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