Dealing with Tragedy

Dealing with sadness and grief


After an incident such as the one in Boston yesterday we can have feelings of grief, loss, sadness and heartache. This is completely normal.

There are common symptoms of grief:

  1. Numbness and shock
  2. Sadness
  3. Guilt and/or anger
  4. Anxiety/stress
  5. Fear
  6. There are also physical signs such as join pain, aches, stomachaches, headaches, weakened immune system
  7. Change in sleeping habits

If you are feeling grief there are a few things you can do

  1. Make sure to have social support and ask for help if needed.
  2. Time will help heal so be patient with the healing process
  3. Talk therapy
  4. Meds
  5. Talking about the loss, sharing your concerns and thoughts is very important. Journal writing can also be a good way to express your thoughts.
  6. Self-care – make sure to have your basic needs met. Get plenty of rest, eat nourishing foods, plenty of water and exercise.
  7. Keep a sense of normalcy – stick to a normal routine.

About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang is a Therapist, educator, author and life coach. Diane has two books: Baby steps the path from motherhood to Career and Creating balance & finding happiness. Diane works as a Therapist and also is an adjunct at Montclair State University. This blog will help educate and empower you to live your best life! For more information please visit her website:
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