Coping with a Traumatic Event

Any traumatic experience can be upsetting and cause a variety of reactions. Stress, fear, anxiety, nervousness, and sadness are just a few.

Here are some things that you can do to cope with the situation:

  • See a counselor.
  • Talk about your reactions.
  • Mobilize your support system; connect with others.
  • Maintain your regular routine.
  • Take care of yourself by eating well, exercising, getting plenty of sleep and continuing to do things that you enjoy.
  • Limit exposure to television and radio media.
  • Do something to help others, such as donating time or resources.

There is not a standard pattern of coping. There is not a right way. Some people need quiet and calm, others need more human connection. If depressed feelings don't go away or are so intense that they interfere with your daily life, it may be helpful to contact:

ASU Counseling Center
Richardson Hall 220
(719) 587-7746