Experts give advise on how to cope with major tragedy

Experts give advise on how to cope with major tragedy »Play Video

In this Monday, April 15, 2013, photo, emergency personnel carry a wounded person away from the scene of an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. People across the country echoed strains of defiance, tenderness and wariness as Americans try to make sense of Boston bombings. (AP Photo/Kenshin Okubo)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - After major tragedies in Boston and Texas in less than a week some people not involved may be feeling a range of emotions because of it.

Counselors note that's very normal to feel sad, anxious, or even angry. Experts say in those types of situations it's best to give yourself space and give yourself a chance to let your feelings out. They also encourage people to cope using positive things like family, friends, or even doing a hobby you like. Counselors encourage people to not go for what they call negative coping mechanisms like alcohol or drugs.

While these feelings are normal if they go on too long it could present a problem. Counselor Matt Morrissette, Boise, said when those feelings drag on for more than a few months or starting interfering with your daily life. That's when people should seek help from a professional councilor.