A year after the beginning of the big earthquakes in Canterbury, many of us are still suffering the effects on our well being. There have been positive outcomes such as a stronger community bond, but also adverse reactions. Some of us still have housing, employment and family issues to contend with. All the while our media is showing us the ever-growing empty sections of our city’s heart. Islay McLeod’s recent article in The Press describes her reaction of gut-wrenching sadness and despair.
There are many professional and community groups offering help. Search Community INformation CHristchurch (CINCH) website for counselling, stress, insomnia etc. Canterbury Health Info has a page dedicated to earthquake stress, common responses and coping mechanisms.
We have resources in our libraries for post traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety, insomnia. Through the library’s website (using your library card number and PIN) you also have access to Health and Wellness Resource Centre. Key features of this database are:
- Quick links to hot topics and top searched conditions;
- Over 3,000 top medical journals and general interest publications with the majority in full text;
- Medical newspapers, newsletters and news feeds;
Sometimes involving ourselves in a sporting or relaxing activity can help with stress and enable a good nights sleep. Running, yoga, meditation and short breaks away all help. Don’t forget you can always chat to your doctor about any concerns.