1. Pay more attention to your feelings and reactions than to the event itself.
2. Don’t judge or blame yourself. Don’t criticize yourself for having these reactions. Be patient with yourself. Think about how you’d talk to a friend in this situation, and then treat yourself the same way. Try to reduce other sources of stress in your life for a while.
3. Take the time to talk about your physical and emotional reactions to someone close to you (friend, spouse, relative). You can also turn to coworkers.
4. Within twenty-four hours following the event, get some physical exercise, no matter how light it is.
5. Find something that will help you forget the event for a while. Some people find it helpful to keep busy (leisure activities, hobbies, manual activities, warm baths, physical exercise, etc.), while others find it helpful to relax or go out with friends. Take time to rest.
6. If you find you’re getting mental images of the event or other fears, remind yourself that you’re safe now and that you no longer have to be on “red alert.” Then direct your attention to something else. A lot of people will be curious and ask you questions about the event. If you don’t feel like answering, it’s perfectly appropriate to explain politely that you prefer not to talk about it. You can say, “I understand that you’d like to know more about what happened, but I’d rather not talk about it.
7. Seek Professional support from a Counselor. Although the situation/experience cannot be changed, research shows it is healing to work through your pain rather than keep it stored in your body.