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WHAT TO DO:
1.Talk to your family, friends, or co-workers about what you have been experiencing and how you are feeling.
2.Take “loving care” of yourself: Eat healthful foods, return to exercise programs, allow yourself to take it easy, rest, listen to what your body tells you.
3.Allow extra time for usual tasks.
4.Discuss a plan for future emergencies with those close and important to you.
5.Practice relaxation techniques.
6.If appropriate, volunteer your services or make personal or financial contributions to a relief fund.
7.Reassure your children if they are frightened. They may need extra affection and physical contact with you.
8.If you belong to a secular or religious community, be involved.
9.If you believe you need herbal or traditional aids, talk to a professional.
10.Keep as much routine and stability as you can.
11.Love those you love openly and tell them how you feel. Love heals.
Life is too hard to do alone,
Dorree Lynn, PH.D.
Dr. Dorree Lynn is co-founder of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Psychotherapy and a practicing clinician in New York and Washington, DC. Dr. Lynn served on the executive board of the American Academy of Psychotherapists and she is on the editorial board of their publication, Voices. She is also a regular columnist for the Washington, DC newspaper, The Georgetowner. Dr. Lynn is a noted speaker and well known on the lecture circuit.