The past week has been difficult for Oklahoma. But, in the face of such extreme loss, we've also seen inspiring stories of compassion, kindness and generosity. It's been an emotional, intense week and we are just at the beginning of the recovery process.
A few days after the May 20th tornado, we asked our Facebook fans how they were feeling and coping in the face of such destruction. Many of the answers indicated that, like our staff, they were feeling overwhelmed and sad. And as the days pass and recovery efforts continue, the emotional and mental toll can be extraordinary.
Experts say for our own mental health—and particularly for our kids—there are important steps we can take to begin to move forward from this crisis. We recently spoke with Dr. Lisa Marotta, a psychologist in Edmond who specializes in children and families, about how to begin transitioning from crisis mode and get back into our daily routines.
"The problem is that the tragedy in the metro and beyond has happened just at a time that is always a point of disruption, the end of school," Dr. Marotta explains. "So even if there wasn't a distressing event that had happened, parents and children would be in transition mode and feeling a little out of sorts."
Marotta suggests the following things to think about and do as a parent:
By getting back in to the routines, the "ordinary" way of living, we will feel more balanced and less stressed.
Other Resources for Parents:
Sunbeam Family Services will host two, free community workshops on Thursday, May 30 on how to talk to children about natural disasters, specifically the tornadoes that have affected our community. The workshops will be hel at noon and 6pm at Oklahoma City Educare (500 SE Grand Boulevard).