The Do's and Don'ts For Jewelers Treating Psychological Injuries
A robbery, burglary, or other type of crime at your jewelry business can be traumatic to you and your associates. For that matter, a major storm, fire, and other catastrophes can also take an emotional toll.
Psychological injuries resulting from crime are not often as immediately obvious as a physical injury. Left unaddressed, however, it can be very serious and even debilitating to the sufferer.
Because people experience trauma and its effects differently, the question of whether professional counseling is needed is always an individual decision.
Regardless of the need for professional services, the following lists of “dos” and “don’ts” can aid in an individual’s recovery from emotional and psychological trauma:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Maintain a good diet and exercise.
- Spend time with family and friends.
- Take time for leisure activities.
- Talk to supportive peers and family members about the robbery.
- Learn about traumatic stress.
- Expect the robbery to bother you.
- Stay connected to your spiritual resources and advisors.
- Don’t drink alcohol excessively.
- Don’t use legal or illegal substances to numb reactions or serve as an emotional crutch.
- Don’t withdraw from significant others and friends.
- Don’t stay away from work.
- Don’t reduce your leisure activities.
- Don’t set unrealistic expectations for your recovery.
- Don’t make major life decisions or changes while you’re coping with trauma.
- Don’t be hard on yourself or others.