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Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself

Responding to disasters is both rewarding and challenging work. Sources of stress for emergency responders may include witnessing human suffering, risk of personal harm, intense workloads, life-and-death decisions, and separation from family. Stress prevention and management is critical for responders to stay well and to continue to help in the situation. There are important steps responders should take before, during, and after an event. To take care of others, responders must be feeling well and thinking clearly.

You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine or Isolation, Starting Right Now

Six things you can do right at this moment, along with some simple exercise equipment to get for your house.

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.

151 Self Care Ideas to Increase Mindfulness and Avoid Burnout

The best self-care ideas are self-care activities that resonate with you on a personal level. The best way to come up with a complete self care plan is to make a list of all the things you enjoy doing best for self care. However, many of us have forgotten what it is like to take care of yourself first.

Anne Lamont

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

Jill Bolte Taylor

To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.

Jack Kornfield

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Resource Websites

Caregiver Stress Coping | Care for the Elderly – Caregiverstress.com provides a free Stressmeter assessment, resources for families or spouses caring for an aging loved one including information about Alzheimers and Dementia, helpful articles about managing stress, and educational videos for families.

Tips and Help for Caregivers – DailyCaring – Practical tips that solve everyday challenges while caring for seniors. We help you Discover, Know, and Do

Connect2Affect – Social isolation has reached epidemic proportions and has a negative impact on our emotional and physical health. Are you or a loved one at risk for social isolation? Take this assessment to find out if you are at risk.

Personal Health Journals for Recovery, Cancer & More | CaringBridge – A CaringBridge website is a personal health journal, rallying friends and family during any type of health journey. Start a free CaringBridge website today.

Free Apps

Headspace app offers teaches the skill of meditation in just a few minutes a day. Find hundreds of sessions on physical health, personal growth, stress management, and anxiety relief. The Headspace app is available for Android phones and iPhones and has a 90 day free trial.

The Peloton app has thousands of on-demand classes taught by 30+ world-class instructors—guaranteed to get you energized. The Peloton app is available for Android phones and iPhones and has a 90 day free trial.

Happify’s science-based activities and games can help you overcome negative thoughts, stress, and life’s challenges. The Happify app is available for Android phones and iPhones.

A 5-Minute Meditation

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Dalai Lama

If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.

Maya Angelou

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Jean Shinoda Bolen

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.

Anna Quindlen

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself