9 deep questions to ask yourself when you feel shock

  1. Is the feeling of shock related to my feelings towards change? Is it time changes, social changes, environmental changes?
  2. Do I feel like I have lost control or power?
  3. Do I feel abandoned or unprotected from bad things?
  4. Did I not get what I wanted or expected?
  5. Am I shocked because there is a lack of familiarity? Am I feeling homesick?
  6. Am I shocked because there are different people around me?
  7. Am I shocked because I am not with my family?
  8. Am I shocked because I am in a new environment?
  9. Am I feeling guilty for something?

8 tips on how to deal with shock

  1. Talk about the feelings. Cry, scream, and yell if you need to.
  2. Surround yourself with people who care about you and have been supportive of your journey after the traumatic event.
  3. Pinch your arm or slap your face to remind yourself that you are awake and alive.
  4. Maintain your health, eat nutritious food, sleep well, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water.
  5. Establish a regular, calming, consistent routine to help ground you and keep your mind running.
  6. Engage in activities that allow you the freedom to be creative and get out of your head for a while.
  7. Draw on a sketchpad or talk about what you see in your head as a way of processing the experience.
  8. Do something physically active (ex: go for a run or take up boxing).

How shock affects you

Shock is what a person feels when they are exposed to something overwhelming, such as an extremely negative event. It is when an overwhelmingly negative event happens that is a major surprise to the victim. Shock may also be described as a state of being emotionally immobilized by overwhelming events. The feeling of being immobilized can also be called paralysis or numbness.