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FDNY Counseling Services UnitIt might seem odd to be focusing on routine things like fixing meals or household chores but keeping to your normal routines can be very comforting and grounding. Here are some additional things to try at this time.


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  • Talk to others, including family, friends, or religious advisors about your feelings - talking is the most healing medicine.
  • Give yourself permission to feel whatever you feel - good or bad.
  • Be patient with yourself. You are not expected to act or feel normal.
  • Reach out to others who are facing a similar situation.
  • Take care of yourself as a parent, aunt, and/or friend. Children and others will take your lead.
  • Whatever religion or spiritual practices you may have - this is the time to use them. Call upon your spiritual advisors or community of faith.
  • Allow yourself crying time - public or private.
  • Let others help you do small tasks.
  • Spend time with others - do not feel you have to talk to anyone about how you are feeling but allow others to be around you.
  • Eat well-balanced and regular meals, even if you don't feel like it.
  • Try to sleep and rest as much as you can.
  • Exercise - even if it means walking around the block.
  • Keep a journal - write down thoughts and feelings.
  • Try not to make any big life changes at this time.




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