With news and social media bombarding us with images of the Boston Marathon terror, you may be wondering how to stay sane amidst anguish and fear. One can’t help but feel a sense of profound sadness and depression in the aftermath of such a senseless act. It is difficult, if not impossible, to put it out of your mind, since every time you turn on the TV or radio or log on to the internet or social media, the reminders are there. It is not uncommon for people to become anxious, depressed, and even physically ill (headaches, stomach aches, etc.…) following such events. It is challenging to stay sane amidst anguish and fear. Here is what you need to know to stay calm and carry on:
• It is NORMAL to have strong feelings in reaction to this event
• Your feelings are neither right nor wrong, neither good nor bad. They just ARE. Acknowledge them, honor them, but don’t deny them or try to run away from them.
• The more you can find healthy outlets to express your feelings and share with others, the better you will feel. Stuffing your feelings is never a good idea, and reaching out to your support system helps not only yourself, but others as well, to feel less alone and isolated.
• For every negative or disturbing story or image you see, find two that are uplifting or positive. There are many images and articles of heroes, compassion, and kindness. Focus on these.
• Remind yourself, that as many have stated on social media, there will always be more good than bad in this world. Perhaps one or two evil people committed this heinous act, but thousands of benevolent people responded.
• Turn your rage into action. There are many ways to help, not just the victims in Boston, but people everywhere. Be one of the good people who make this world a better place.
• Don’t ever, ever, ever allow terrorists to succeed in controlling your life. Bad things happen every day. Good things happen every day. Live each day to the fullest and enjoy the life you have been given. To not do so, in my humble opinion, is even a worse tragedy than losing your life.
Hopefully, we can all move on from this tragic event. The Boston Marathon Terror has changed this event and this city forever, and despite the tragedy, a lot of good will come from this. And if you notice a friend or family member not acting as usual, feeling down or isolating himself or herself, speak up and seek help. Let’s all learn how to stay sane amidst anguish and fear, and carry on.