Support for young people coping with a bushfire crisis
Have you been personally affected by the recent bushfires? Or are you worried about how the bushfires are impacting those around you?
You’re probably feeling a range of emotions. Whether you’re shocked, scared, stressed or even angry, you’re not alone. And while the bushfires are out of control, here are some tips for helping you manage your stress levels during the bushfire crisis.
Share your feelings with someone you can trust
Don’t bottle up your feelings. Talk about how you’re feeling with a trusted family member or friend. They can support you with your trauma and put things in perspective.
Connect with your loved ones
Don’t stay isolated. Organise a family dinner or a catch up with a friend. Being around other people will help you remain calm in a crisis. Even if you don’t talk about the bushfires, simply spending time with people will help you relax.
Make time just for yourself
From checking bushfire warning alerts and making evacuation plans, it’s important you take time to care of yourself.
Spend time doing the things you love–whether that’s listening to music or watching your favourite TV show to take your mind off the bushfire crisis.
Stick to your routine
Routine can give you a sense of stability. Where possible, keep your normal routine–whether that’s going to school or work. If that’s not an option, create a new routine for sleeping, eating and activities you enjoy.
For further advice and tools to help you cope during the bushfire crisis, we recommend these following online resources:
- Reachout.com: How to deal with the stress of bushfires
- Kid’s Helpline: Coping with natural disasters.
Need more support?
- contact your GP
- speak to a professional counsellor or psychologist
- call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
- in an emergency, call 000.
This article is based off information developed by Reachout.com.