The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary is incomprehensible. Words can’t express the deep sorrow I feel for our loss of such bright and beautiful children and adults. I wish I had eloquent words that could express the sadness I feel and how my heart goes out to this community and the too many others that have been affected in a similar fashion, as they work to put the pieces back together and say goodbye to their loved ones, but I don’t. I do have 6 ways to cope with tragedy in a healthy manner to share with you:
6 Ways to Cope with Tragedy
- Feel your feelings and share them with others. This is horrible and feeling sad, scared, angry or whatever else you feel about this news needs some sort of outlet, when you are able to talk with others you will allow those feelings to be validated and comforted. If those feelings turn to anxiety/fear/depression that you just can’t seem to shake, make sure you are talking to a professional.
- Volunteer or donate, even if in the smallest of ways. Helping to support others during their time of need will go a long way in helping you feel as if you can make a difference.
- Pray, meditate, send out good thoughts or light candles, however you express wishing well to those suffering the most in these devastating times.
- Learn about personal safety plans to give yourself a feeling of empowerment that you will know what to do if you are ever in the same situation. This is not about being paranoid, it’s about becoming realistic and giving yourself a sense of peace that if, heaven forbid, something did happen, your chances of survival for yourself and others will be improved. Work with your children to know what to do as well.
- Take additional time to show gratitude and devotion to your loved ones, in honor of those who no longer have the privilege.
- Seek what is beautiful and good in life and feel good about enjoying those things. Those who have passed on would want it that way.