Tips for Handling Stress
If you're just feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, remember, we understand. We’re fire-fighters, paramedics and EMTs.
That's why we're including this list of helpful tips and reminders on proven methods for handling stress, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Remember – Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can’t help you solve problems – they only make them worse! Avoid caffeine or sugar when you are stressed out and remember to take a break and rest!
Click any of the links below to read more about compassion fatigue a common stressor for Fire and EMS professionals:
What is compassion Fatigue?
Self-Test for Compassion Fatigue
Overcoming Compassion Fatigue
After a traumatic event or critical incident, be sure to check for signs of stress. Download a fact sheet on Critical Incident Stress from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (click here –this is a pdf)
Remember, help is just a phone call away – 1-866-NJFD-EMS (1-866-653-3367)