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It has been a traumatic week for many in New Zealand with the devastating earthquake in Christchurch on Tuesday.  As it has affected so many people in so many different ways I wanted to share some useful resources that I know of that could be useful at this time:

Coping with Traumatic Incidents – this is an article on the Massey University site that a friend sent me. She said she found it useful to help understand our responses as a result of a traumatic event such as this.

Bach Flower remedies are easy to take and invaluable at times of emotional distress.  They are available from health food stores and some pharmacies. I can recommend
Rescue Remedy for when you are in a demanding and  stressful situations.
Rock Rose for when you have experienced terror, have been frozen in fear and feel helpless.
Star of Bethlehem for when you have experienced shock, grief or fright.

Neuro Linguistic Practitioners can help with the Trauma Treatment Process which can change the programming in your brain related to the experience. I can highly recommend Charlotte Hinksman in Wellington.

Emotional Freedom Technique  can also be useful with the experience of trauma – Jasmina Kovacev is a practitioner that I have personally found helpful when dealing with emotional challenge.

The most important thing to remember is you don’t have to go through this alone – there is support around you with friends, family and trained practitioners. Allow yourself to reach for help at this time and take good care of yourself by limiting the amount of exposure you have to the traumatic images that are all around us at this time.

My heart goes out to all who have suffered and hope these resources may be useful in some way.

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