Strong feelings are normal
Traumatic incidents may trigger different emotional, physical and psychological reactions in Victorians who were directly and indirectly impacted.
These strong feelings are normal, and on most occasions they will subside within a few weeks as part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process.
The way you recover from trauma depends on many things, such as the type and severity of the traumatic event, how much support is available, other stressors in your life, your level of resilience, and whether you have experienced traumatic experiences before.
There are many strategies you can try to cope with these strong feelings. Recognise that you have had a distressing or frightening experience, and rest, exercise, talk with friends, family and other community members, or seek professional help. Our Trauma reaction and recovery factsheet has more information on coping with traumatic events.