Hurricane Irma Closure UpdateSeptember 12, 2017
Children First’s 2016 Annual Report is out now! October 26, 2017
Feelings you may be having during this stressful time:
- Trouble sleeping. You might wake up in the night or have nightmares.
- Eating changes. You may not be hungry. Or maybe you are eating everything in sight.
- Get upset easily; lose your temper; cry a lot.
- Can’t stop thinking about the hurricane.
- Feel afraid and worried about what is going to happen to you and your family.
- Feel you have no energy to do anything, even though there is so much to do.
- Feel that you have little control over your life.
- Feel hopeless about future.
How to take care of yourself:
- Stay connected. Talk to people you trust. Share your feelings, fears and concerns. Keeping these strong feelings inside can make them grow and add to your stress.
- If possible, find ways to get some exercise alone and with your child. This can be a great way to reduce stress.
- Take a break in whatever way you can. Take a walk, read—do something that soothes and satisfies you.
- Find ways to have fun with your child. Activities, like singing and reading books together, can relieve stress for both parent and child!
- Establish a daily routine as best you can.
- Ask for support! Consider talking to a trusted health professional or seeking other professional help if you have further questions or need more support.
Bob Nolan, Ph. D., LMHC
Child and Family Services Manager
941 953-3877 x130