ed. When a crisis hits, your body naturally reacts to give you what you need to fight or flight. As time goes on, this natural reaction wears off and this is complicated by the fact that the novelty of responding also begins to wear off. Fighting this requires you to be proactive and to pace your response. After Hurricane Sandy, some volunteers tried to still work their regular job and volunteer through the night. They quickly became burned out and too tired to continue. Other volunteers paced themselves, responding for a few shifts and they are still energized to continue to help over the long haul.
By paying attention to the stress you experience in connection with a crisis (regardless of its source), you can do things to counter that stress. Doing so, will help you to maintain wholeness and peace in your life, thus reducing the negative impact of the stress allowing you to address the crisis.