How to emotionally recover after losing all material possessions in a burglary?
September 29, 2011 6:24 AM Subscribe
What are some practical steps I can do to keep sane after a robbery and try to pick up the pieces of my memories?
posted by bodywithoutorgans to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I was the recent victim of a robbery and the thieves managed to take every material object that was of value to me. Though money naturally ebbs and flows, I am most discomfited by the loss of my laptop and hard drive. It contained innumerable pictures, essays, videos I shot, music I composed, and all of my personal notes for the books I had read and meta-tagged. This amounts to about 10 years of work.
I've filed a police report and I'm checking the pawn shops, craigslist, ebay, etc. but I am very pessimistic and I'm trying to console myself with the fact that this might be a permanent loss.
Two practical quesions:
1) I'm convinced that I should have backed up everything on "the cloud". I would like to send a mass email to my friends to collect any photos they might have on their computer. Is there a service where my friends can just drag and drop photos which are uploaded to a centralized share point, my personal repository? Does Dropbox do this? Are there any alternatives?
2) I am having incredible difficulty sleeping. At work, I manage to be social and at a conscious level I am coping adequately. However my subconscious is a mess. I cannot sleep for more than a few hours without waking up and pacing aimlessly. I have never had difficulty sleeping in the past and this is definitely correlated with my recent loss. What can I do as the sleep fatigue is slowly eating away at my psyche?
Thank you Mefi.