What to do when Tragedy Strikes

Posted on October 2, 2015

It’s impossible to shield ourselves from the tragedies that occur on a daily basis. Turn on the TV, and you hear about a natural disaster that’s ruined thousands of homes. Go online and read the horrifying details of a car crash that killed a family of 5.

Yesterday, we were struck by two tragedies: The shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua College that killed ten people and injured many others and the ruthless murder of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank.

We can’t escape tragedy. But there are many things we can do to deal with it. In light of the horrific tragedies that took place yesterday, here are some ways that we can cope and heal.

1. Talk – Talking about tragic events not only releases stress, but it allows others to come together and bond over shared experiences and feelings.

2. Take care of yourself – try your best to not let a tragedy take a toll on your body.  Get as much exercise and rest as you can. Make sure to eat properly and maintain a regular diet.

3. Spending Time With Loved Ones: Those who are closest to you are the best at helping you get through rough times. Hug your family. Talk to your family. Confide in your family. The close connections you have with your loved ones will only make you feel stronger. If your family lives far away, stay in touch through email, phone, social media…whatever works for you.

4. Help!: Are there ways that you can help those affected by the tragedy? Get a group together and raise money for a family in need. Donate clothes, food, supplies, whatever it might be that will help those affected by tragedy make their way through the tough times.

Tragedies are shocking, heart-breaking and often unexpected. Do your best to react in a way that will not only help you, but those around you as well.

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