Allow yourself time to heal. Recognize that you have been exposed to a traumatic experience and this may be a difficult time for you. Be patient with changes in your emotional state or functioning. Establish routines that bring comfort and predictability to your life and plan pleasurable activities.
If the traumatic event has media coverage, take a break from television or other forms of media. Maintain a balance between your desire to remain informed and the awareness that repeated viewings of the aftermath of the disaster may continue to exacerbate the effects of the trauma by witnessing it over and over again.
Talk to friends and family members who are able to listen and empathize with how you are feeling. Eat well-balanced meals, get plenty of rest and exercise to give your body more fuel to cope with the additional stress. Avoid alcohol and drugs as means to cope with distressing feelings or sleep difficulties as these interfere with the healing process and may cause other complications. If possible, avoid making major life decisions or changes at this time because these activities are in themselves stressful and demand coping skills that may already be taxed at this time.
Find a productive way to help someone if you can. Helping in some way can provide a way to feel some level of "control" over a traumatic event, which may otherwise make one feel helpless or overwhelmed. Keep things in perspective. Although a trauma or disaster is often horrifying, you should also focus on those things that are good in your life and in the world.