Taking Care of Yourself

Here are some useful tips for taking care of yourself during this time of widespread community stress:

Routines ‘Familiarity is comforting’

  • Keep up normal activities
  • Treasure familiar things

Stay connected ‘We need each other’

  • Stay in touch with family and friends
  • Take moments to give others your full attention
  • Listen and answer children’s questions simply
  • Be brave for each other
  • Ask for and accept help

Save your energy ‘Keep it for important things’

  • Lower expectations of yourself and others
  • Take breaks and lighten your workload
  • Be tolerant of yourself and others
  • Lots of things can wait
  • Children may act younger – that’s ok for a while

Lifestyle ‘Balance is healthy’

  • Stay active e.g. go for a walk
  • Relax – take a break
  • Limit alcohol
  • Try to get enough sleep
  • Try to eat well
  • Do something nice for yourself

Safety ‘Protect yourself in every way’

  • Limit exposure to earthquake news e.g. TV
  • You are not helpless – remember the things you do well
  • Take care of your spiritual and emotional health
  • It is ok to be emotional

For extra support
contact your GP, or
phone the Government helpline 0800 779 997, or
go to www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz

New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP)


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