How are the stressful, frightening events popping up on our social media feeds and replaying continuously in the television news affecting you? Are you having trouble sleeping? Do you feel anxious and fearful much of the time? Maybe you are feeling tempted by an addictive behavior that has been under control for a long time? If this sounds like you, you are not alone. People around the world are feeling the stress of these difficult times and it is showing itself in unexpected ways.
You may have had a lot of stress to deal with in your life even before events like Charlottesville. You may have already been coping with grief, illness, addictions or financial issues. You may have been just managing to get by –keeping yourself well and helping others as needed. And now this! You may feel totally overwhelmed. Again, you are not alone. Most people share your feelings.
Here are a few things we can do to manage the feelings of stress:
- Connect with friends and talk it out. Sometimes knowing that people who care about you are willing to just listen to your fears is therapeutic.
- Get active. Go for a walk with the dog or visit the local gym for a quick workout. Getting the healthy endorphins moving through your body does wonders for your state of mind.
- Don’t reach for the junk food and stay glued to news networks. Filling our body with empty calories and flooding our minds with stressful news images will cause our stress levels to increase. Turn off the television and grab a book or call a family member. Get plenty
- Take the focus off your
- feelings of stress by helping make a difference in the world. E-mail or call government officials to let them know how you feel about the actions they are taking. Join activist groups that share your views on world events. Assist an organization that is working on relief efforts. Help someone in your community who is having a hard time.
…feel like areas of your life are stressful or unmanageable? Let’s connect. I’d like to share some resources with you to help you get you from where you are now, to where you’d like to be!