Recovering from an Earthquake or anything that's given you a BIG fright
1. Be Gentle on Yourself and lower your expectations of what you can achieve. During an event like this you use your adrenalin to get through. Just like a credit card where you use additional resources, the bill still needs to be paid. It is as things settle down you may feel very tired and struggle to concentrate. Nothing is wrong, your body just needs to pay back the emotional-physical debt it incurred. Rest more, take time out and do what replenishes you.
2. Retrain your 'crisis' response. When you the face danger of an earthquake the 'crisis centre' of your brain remembers it and remains on high alert for anything that seems similar. 'Something similar' can then cause the same intense response. This is why a mild aftershock will feel like the big one. Notice your stress response; don't stress the stress. Take slow, deep breaths to calm your body. Reassure your brain like you might a young child, "Thanks, adrenal gland, I don't need the adrenalin, nothing is wrong." Consistently doing this will help in your emotional recovery
3. Relax and find sleep again. When your body is stressed and you're on high alert it is difficult to relax and hard to sleep. This breathing technique can help move you from stressed to relaxed. It's 5-5-5-5. Sit or lie comfortably. Breathe in through your nose for the count of 5 (till your lungs are at full capacity), hold your breath for the count of 5, breathe out through your mouth slowly to the count of 5 (until fully exhaled). Do this 5 times.
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