Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beyond First Aid: Emotional Health

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By Jenny Contreras, intern contributor

The rain has steered clear of North Texas for the past few days, and a few boats have even returned to Lake Lewisville after the spring storms flooded the area. While Texans are recovering from the damage left by the storms, one can’t help but wonder how the survivors are holding up.

Although the Red Cross is known for helping disaster-stuck areas by providing food and shelter, many do not know that the organization also provides free counseling and support after a disaster. Coping with the trauma from disasters is far from easy, but trained Red Crossers from Disaster Mental Health Services help people understand their situation and cope with their emotions.

After a traumatic event such as a disaster, strong feelings are expected. Some of these feelings include:
• Feeling of weariness (physically and emotionally)
•Having difficulty staying focused
•Feelings of frustration on a daily basis
•Arguing more with family and friends
•Feelings of sadness, loneliness and fatigue
•Going through changes in appetite and sleep patterns

These feelings are brief and with time they will go away. To help with the stress from the disaster, face the situation and look for ways to improve the well-being of your family in spite of the circumstances.
Preparedness is Valuable
To strengthen one’s emotional well-being before disaster strikes here on some tips to manage some storm-related fears and anxiety:

 Have a plan and implement it. Have a plan for you and your family (including furry family members) to be safe during the storm. Recent storms and other weather-related events have illustrated the importance of emergency preparedness.

 Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable actions.
Download our free app. We have a few cool apps to help you track and prepare for any potential disasters (emergency, tornado, wildfire, hurricane and flood)

Stay healthy. A healthy body can have a positive impact on your thoughts and emotions, enabling you to make better decisions and better deal with any disaster.

Reach out to your children. Help children by restricting constant viewing of the news, giving them realistic assurances that plans are in place to keep them safe and maintaining their normal routines as much as possible.

Maintain a hopeful outlook.
Physical and emotional reactions to trauma are different with every person while some may come back on their feet while others have prolonged feelings of anxiety or sadness. However when these feelings persist and are affecting your relationships family, friends and others, reach out for additional help. Remember your friends from the Red Cross have the resources to help you heal.
To get free counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, sponsored by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
Más que Primeros Auxilios: Salud Emocional
Por Jenny Contreras, intern contributor

La lluvia ya está fuera del área. Hasta unos barcos regresaron a Lake Lewisville después de las tormentas que inundaron el lago. Mientras Tejanos están recuperando del desastre que dejo las tormentas, uno tiene que preguntarse, ¿cómo estarán los sobrevivientes?

Aunque La Cruz Roja es conocida por ayudando lugares destruidas por desastres naturales en dando comida y abrigo, muchos no saben que la organización también da ayuda en administrando asesoramientos emocionales y suporte después de un desastre. Afrentando los sentimientos uno tiene después de trauma no es fácil, pero voluntarios de La Cruz Roja de Disaster Mental  Health Services ayudan gente entender la situación en que están y los ayudan en enfrentando sus emociones.
Después de un evento  traumático como un desastre natural, fuerte sentimientos son esperados. Unos sentimientos incluyen:
• Sentimientos de cansancio (físico y emocional)
•Teniendo dificultad estando enfocado(a)
•Sintiendo frustración todo el tiempo
•Alegando con familia y amigos
•Sufriendo de sentimientos de tristeza, soledad y lasitud
•Cambios de apetito o hábitos de sueño
Estos sentimientos son breves y con tiempo se van a ir. Para ayudar con el estrés por desastres, trata de enfrentar la situación y mira por maneras para mejorar el bien estar de tu familia a pesar de la circunstancias.

El Valor de Preparación
Para fortalecer el bien estar emocional de uno antes de un desastre natural, aquí hay unos consejos para controlar unas preocupaciones que uno tendrá sobre tormentas:
Ten un plan e impleméntalo. Ten un plan para tú y tu familia (incluyendo a tus mascotas) para que estén seguros. Las tormentas que hemos tenido demuestran la importancia de estando preparados para emergencias.
Agarra los hechos. Congrega toda la información que te puede ayudar  en determinando los riesgos potenciales para que tomas acciones razonables.
Baja nuestra app. Tenemos apps que son bien impresionantes para ayudarte en preparándote por algunas desastres potenciales. (apps de emergencia, tornado, fuegos salvajes, huracanes y inundaciones)
Mantente saludable. Un cuerpo saludable puede tener un impacto positivo y como resultado puede uno hacer buenas decisiones cuándo se trata de tiempos de catástrofe.
Habla con tus niños. Ayudo a tus niños en restringiendo el visualización constante de las noticias. Dales confianzas y explícales que hay planes en su lugar para asegurar la salud de la familia.
Piensen positivo.

Las reacciones de traumas físicos y emocionales son diferentes con cada persona. Mientras unos recuperan más rápido que otros, unos pueden tener prolongados sentimientos de  ansiedad y estrés. Cuando estos sentimientos persisten y están afectando tus relaciónes con tu familia y amigos, agarra ayuda. Acuérdate que tus amigos de La Cruz Roja tiene las recursos para ayudarte  sanar. 

Para a obtener asesoramientos emocionales o suporte, habla al Disaster Distress hotline, patrocinado por el Substance Abuse& Mental Health Services Administration, a 1-800-985-5990 o text “TalkWithUs” a 66746.



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