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Coping with Stress

No one who experiences disaster is untouched by it. While it's normal to feel stress after a disaster, experiencing too much at one time can negatively impact your family's recovery process. These resources can help you understand your stress, and better cope with stress following a disaster.

Coping with Your Own Stress

Trying to Understand and Cope with Disasters — Symptoms of stress and how to ease it; when to seek help.

What are Common Personal Reactions to a Disaster? — Information about common reactions and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

After a natural disaster: Coping with lossUniversity of Minnesota Extension and Partners — The five stages of grieving.

After a Natural Disaster: Managing AngerUniversity of Minnesota Extension and Partners — Change how you see things, say how you feel, and calm down.

After a Natural Disaster: Ending IsolationUniversity of Minnesota Extension and Partners — Talk, ask for help, and be with people.

Helping Children Cope

Should you talk frankly about disasters to your kids or shield them? These articles and activities will help you find a balance.

After a Natural Disaster: Talking with ChildrenUniversity of Minnesota Extension and Partners — Accept kids’ feelings, be honest and reassuring, and let them help.

Helping your Child Cope with Natural Disaster — Treat fears with kindness and understanding.

It’s Important to Talk With Children About Natural Disasters — Make time to ask questions and listen; be available.

After a Natural Disaster: Parenting 0-5 Year Olds — Helping children between the ages of 0 - 5 cope with disasters.

After a Natural Disaster: Your Elementary Aged Child — Help your elementary aged child get through the disaster.

After a Natural Disaster: Parenting Adolescents — Disasters present adolescents with unique opportunities and challenges.

After a Natural Disaster: A Guide for Parents — Signs of stress in kids of varying ages.

Helping Older Adults Cope

After a Natural Disaster: Tips for Older Adults Living Alone — Tips for older adults to reduce stress and regain control.

Related resources

Dealing with stress — Online courses and resources for understanding and coping with stress.

Change: Loss, Opportunity, and Resilience — How to cope with change and possibly see change as an opportunity.

Grief and Crisis Decisions — How each stage of grief affects decision-making.

Impacts of Disaster on YouthExtension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) — Resources for the whole family to reduce children's vulnerability to certain disasters as well as disaster preparedness in responding to and recovering from disasters.

Extreme Weather — How to manage in a drought, prepare for and recover from floods, and more.

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