Due to Hurricane Harvey and Irma many people have been traumatized. This is the third in a series of articles Reach Out Recovery will be publishing to help our readers deal with their trauma. The articles will cover what is trauma, the symptoms, physical responses to trauma, and tips to help recover.
Traumatic stress recovery tip 1: Minimize media exposure
While some survivors or witnesses to a traumatic event can regain a sense of control by watching media coverage of the event or by observing the recovery effort, others find the reminders can be further traumatizing. Excessive exposure to images of a disturbing event —such as repeatedly viewing video clips on social media or news sites—can even create traumatic stress in people not directly affected by the event.
Limit your media exposure to the traumatic event.
Don’t watch the news or check social media just before bed, and refrain from repeatedly viewing disturbing footage.
Try to avoid distressing images and video clips.
If you want to stay up-to-date on events, read the newspaper rather than watching television or viewing video clips of the event.
If coverage makes you feel overwhelmed, take a complete break from the news.
Avoid TV and online news and stop checking social media for a few days or weeks, until your traumatic stress symptoms ease up and you’re able to move on.
Content Originally Published By: Helpguide.org
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