Hurricane Harvey Resources

Drop-In Support Group

Things you can do to help yourself

  • Reach out and talk to someone. There are people who care about you! Do not worry about burdening them; they can decide if they are not able to listen and be supportive.
  • Try to get back to your regular routine. This will help you feel like things are returning to normal.
  • Spend time with others (e.g., friends, family, or members of an organization).
  • Give yourself permission to feel however you feel. Again, everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.
  • Do things that make you feel good (e.g., a favorite hobby).
  • Take care of your body.
    • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
      • Journaling before bed/if you wake up in the middle of the night may help with nightmares/sleeping difficulties.
      • Limit use of electronic devices (e.g., phone, TV, tablet, computer) when you are trying to fall asleep.
      • Listen to soothing music or turn on a fan for background noise.
    • Eat well-balanced and regular meals (even if you do not feel like it).
    • Drink plenty of water. Try to avoid drinks with caffeine (e.g., coffee, soda, or tea), as they may make you feel more anxious and jittery.
    • Even a 30-minute walk around campus a few times a week can be helpful.
  • Limit use of alcohol and other substances. While they may offer temporary relief, they prevent you from actually working through your thoughts, feelings, and reactions.
  • Engage in relaxing activities (e.g., meditation, yoga, reading, getting some fresh air, listening to soothing music; visit the Self-Help section of the Counseling Center’s website for more Relaxation Techniques)
  • Manage your time effectively. Make a to-do list, and then prioritize items that need to be done today. Be sure to include and prioritize self-care activities on your daily to-do list! Self-care is NOT selfish!
  • Set realistic goals to manage perfectionism.
  • Know your limits. Be sure to take plenty of breaks. Say “no” when your plate is too full.
  • Be patient with yourself as you are healing.
  • Remember: You have a 100% success rate when it comes to surviving life’s difficulties! Things may be hard, but you are resilient.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help!

 

SHSU Counseling Center – DROP IN WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT

2nd Floor of Student Health & Counseling Building

Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri   8 am-5 pm
             Tues, Wed           8 am-7 pm

Phone: (936) 294-1720
http://www.shsu.edu/dept/counseling/

https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/content/page/hurricane-harvey-resources

¿NECESITA AYUDA? Resources for Undocumented Workers: http://www.houstonimmigration.org/harvey/

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 ∙ Text “HOME” to 741741 ∙ Campus Police: 936-294-1794 ∙ Emergencies: 911

 

If your symptoms are worsening or if you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please seek help immediately!