Coping with Stress After Tragedy

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Community Tragedy

On Sunday, October 1, a shooter opened fire on over 22,000 concert-goers in Las Vegas. With 58 confirmed fatalities and over 500 injured, it has been deemed the worst mass shooting in the U.S. history. As the previous home for such a grim title, Central Florida is all too aware of the hardships Las Vegas is facing.

After the Pulse tragedy that took place on June 12, 2016, the Las Vegas shooting is hitting close to home for our community. Many are still dealing with the long-term emotional and physical repercussions such a tragedy inflicts. With the news coverage of Las Vegas dominating every channel, it’s easy to begin to feel overwhelmed.

The Orlando United Resiliency Services (OURS) was established to help with the short and long-term recovery after the Pulse incident. For anyone who is feeling overwhelmed because of the similarities between these two events you can call, text, or chat with our 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line for resources available in your area, or you can call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. Our 211 and 988 specialists are available 24/7/365.

Tips to Alleviate Stress

There are other steps you can take to help alleviate stress and maintain your health.

  • Talk about your feelings. Dial 211 to access resources near you, or 988 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Drink plenty of water. Besides keeping you hydrated, it can also help keep your blood pressure down.
  • Maintain your normal schedule. A sense of routine and normalcy can help you cope with overwhelming feelings.
  • Eat regular meals, even if you aren’t feeling hungry. Keeping your body nourished with healthy options, and getting plenty of sleep will help your body stay strong.
  • Take a break. Limit intake of TV coverage and social media posts about the event. It’s easy to get caught up in the constant coverage so be sure to turn it off and focus on something else.

For further advice on managing your stress, the American Psychology Association has put together a list of tips. Remember that overcoming trauma is a long process and to focus on taking one step at a time. You aren’t facing this alone, we are here for you. #OrlandoUnited