Tips for Self-Care Post Earthquake

September 22nd, 2010 by Annette Burrell from Emotional Therapy (West Melton)

  1. Be understanding of yourself when you are jumpy and irritable. Warn other people that you may not be able to be as patient as you would like.

  2. Accept support and assistance from others.

  3. Eat at usual times, so your body settles. When not feeing hungry eat lightly – maybe some fruit.

  4. Take comfort from a friend’s company – have a cuppa together.

  5. Go somewhere to be with people doing normal things for a while – cafe, shops. Talk to your neighbours.

  6. Talk a walk each day. As you walk focus on each thing you see, before looking for the next thing. Look at the tree and its branches, look at the texture of the road or footpath, see the colour of the flowers and the shape of the blades of grass. Look at the detail. Alernatively, allow your mind to go in whatever direction it wants, not stopping to direct it. Let it float and focus on walking.

  7. Sit in the sun – feel the warmth, and absorb energy and vitamin D. Take time to be still.

  8. Listen to the birds – really listen.

  9. When your chest feels tight, breathe deeply and slowly. Bring your awareness to your breathing, especially the out breath. If your chest continues to feel tight, go for a walk, or dance around the lounge to music.

  10. Be compassionate with yourself. Know that what you have experienced was terrifying and your body will remind you of this at times.

  11. When you find you want to be busy, know that this is a signal that you may be avoiding facing your feelings. This can be okay for now, so long as you realise that you need to take care of your inner self when you are ready.

  12. Helping others can sometimes be a form of keeping busy. Do not neglect yourself.

  13. When feelings bubble up, allow yourself to feel them, and they will dissolve as you relax into them.

  14. Face your fears. What is the worst that can happen and how does that make you feel. If you can face the worst and let this feeling go, then you will be free.

  15. Use this unexpected event to advantage. Time to have clean out. What things do you really want or need? How important are they really?

  16. Make the utmost use of the experience by being willing to reconsider your life and what you value in it. Be present to the NOW – this is all that there is.


Know that you are special and worthy of looking after. Take care of your body and your being.




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