The aftermath of a mass tragedy can be really overwhelming, whether it’s from keeping up on the news, feeling helpless or obligated to help out, or grappling with your own emotions.
1. There’s no “wrong” way to feel, and you shouldn’t feel guilty for having an emotional reaction, even if you weren’t directly affected.
2. Feeling numb or even desensitized doesn’t mean you’re broken or callous.
3. For people who have experienced a crisis, tragedy, or a trauma, events like this can be very triggering.
4. But as shootings become a more common occurrence, you don’t need personal experience to be vulnerable to feeling triggered.
5. Don’t feel badly about turning off the news. In fact, you should really consider stepping back from it if you need to.
6. If you do want to keep updated, make sure to be strategic so that you can look after your other needs, too.