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Personal Coping Tips During Challenging Times

Thinking about our personal coping techniques is important when world-wide or local events touch our lives.  During these times, it is helpful to think about what works to relieve stress.  Just the changes in our daily routines can be anxiety producing.  Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

It is common to experience a variety of emotions such as fear, confusion, worry and concern for family members.  You can judge if you feel overwhelmed and you need support.

Make active decisions about when and for how long to listen to media reports.  Filter the flood of news from all its sources including radio, TV and the internet.

Nurture good connections to those you care about.  Spend time with people who support and validate you.  They can be comforting and help you to sit with uncomfortable emotions.

Use coping strategies such as taking a walk, exercising, reading a book, spending quiet time alone, watching a funny movie, taking a bubble bath and getting enough sleep.

Stay focused on your regular work and home activities.  Routines can be calming and reassuring.

Be optimistic about challenges ahead. Stay in touch with your sources of spiritual strength and renewal (nature, prayer, yoga, meditation, etc.).

Recognize when you need help.  If emotions seem overwhelming and too intense, if you have trouble focusing at work, or if you feel anxious much of the time then consider getting assistance.  The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you as a free and confidential resource.


Partners EAP handout:


Coping After a Tragedy Handout

The American Psychological Association has two informative articles:

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting

For more information or to discuss coping tips during challenging times please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.


This content was last modified on: 07/08/2016

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