What you could do

Experience has shown that at first it is best for you if you do things that give you a calm and safe feeling. Look up other people and take good care of yourself. Consider doing something that will at the same time help others, for instance people who have experienced similar events, or colleagues. This works especially well when you have been through the same (or similar) experience with more people. Sharing experiences with others may well help you. Things you could do:

  • Keep doing your normal daily activities as much as possible. This will make you feel that you are to a certain extent in control of the situation. This is also important as it will restore peace and order in your home situation (with family members/partner/children).

  • Take good care of yourself: try to get plenty of rest and eat healthily. Don’t drink too much coffee; smoke, use alcohol and drugs in moderation.

  • Take time out for exercise and relaxation.

  • Divide big problems up into smaller ones and get others to think along with you.

  • Are you, 4-6 weeks later, still very much bothered by the shocking event you experienced and you don’t seem to pick up your normal routines under your own steam? Then don’t hesitate to contact your GP (or company doctor). S/he is the first person to turn to in such cases. Tell them what you have been through and how you feel. It may help if you first do the MIRROR self-test and then discuss the advice that you received from MIRROR with your GP.

  • Or see if self-help programmes can be of further help to you; these are online programmes that give you insight into your personal situation and may help you reduce the severity of your psychological complaints. For more information, go to: ‘Online tools’ and ‘What next.