In the aftermath of a tragic event, you may feel upended. You’re not alone in trying to wrap your head around the senseless events of late, like devastating hurricanes, violence, and heightened tensions.
Humans crave certainty, so whenever a tragedy happens, we feel a loss of control. Your mind may run through unanswerable questions and what-ifs like “What would I have done if were there?” or “How must the grieving families feel?” The heartbreak is unimaginable. You may feel helpless or unsafe.
If you’re struggling right now, it’s important to process your reaction. It won’t be an overnight process, but here are some tips to cope so you can refocus and find balance again:
Ride the emotional wave of a tragedy
Watching and hearing about suffering triggers empathy. We can all relate to experiencing pain and loss; emotions like shock, confusion, and fear can result after tragic events. This is known