Adrenaline, and looking after ourselves
Going through a disaster takes a toll on all of us and coping is not always easy. Good mental health helps us carry on and deal with all that life throws at us.
During earthquakes and other scary or surprising events, our brains react chemically – releasing adrenaline.
This response is our natural alarm system – our body telling us to be alert and ready for action. It's there to help us, but afterwards we can feel shaky, queasy or on-edge, and it can make it hard for us to concentrate. It can also result in strong emotional responses such as anger or crying.
This is normal and we can help ease these affects to settle by doing some light physical activity, taking up a small chore or task and by focusing on some calm breathing for 10 seconds.
Practical things to try
Following the November 2016 earthquake sequence, All Right? developed these practical tips for coping with a disaster.