dealing with traumatic stress
The bushfire crisis affects us all in different ways. Shock, fear, disbelief and sadness are all normal responses to this abnormal event. We might feel helpless or guilty - we wish we could do more or wonder why we fared OK when others didn't. Perhaps you feel angry - angry at leaders, angry at God. However the fires have impacted you, whether directly or indirectly, we can all be susceptible to traumatic stress from this event. Constant news coverage and social media saturation means that we are exposed to distressing images and stories as this crisis unfolds. Repeated exposure can result in traumatic stress and leave you feeling hopeless and helpless.
Whether you were directly involved, or exposed to it via the media or the experience of family and friends, there are things you can do to manage this stress and regain your calm. One of the best ways to navigate difficult circumstances is to reach out and connect with other people. Seek out the company of family and friends. Perhaps you need to talk with a Pastor or pastoral care worker? They can be a listening ear and help you navigate your emotional and spiritual response to the bushfire crisis.
You can request support from a Pastor or ask for one of our free resources on faith and suffering by reaching out at https://www.crccoolamon.org/reach-out
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
May you know the Lord's love and compassion in this moment.