It’s been a crazy world lately, huh? It’s hard not to feel something about all the terrifying happenings around the globe. Personally, I’m trying so hard not to be too affected by current events, but when these occur close to home, I cant help but feel like I need to DO something about it.
The important thing to remember is that we are loved and have people in our lives that we can love too. Spreading this love and kindness to our extended family, friends, to the people in our community and throughout the world is also helpful.
It feels good to show love, compassion and kindness to other people, doesn't it? At times like this everyone needs to feel loved. In a small way, this changes the bad things in the world and that is a really big thing!
One very important thing YOU can also do when awful events happen around you and in your world is to make sure to talk about your feelings.
How do YOU feel about all this crazy stuff going on in the world?
If you're having a difficult time with all the violence in the news lately, here are some tools* to help you deal with the feelings you're having:
Talk it out and share your feelings with others.
You may be feeling different emotions at different times. Sadness. Anger. Fear. Confusion. Even numbness — not feeling anything at all. These feelings are normal reactions to a tragedy or scary event. Don't be afraid to express how you feel and listen to others as they share their feelings with you. Your parents, friends, teachers, and others can help you and help them.
Take care of yourself.
Losing sleep, not eating, and worrying too much can make you sick. As much as possible, try to get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, and keep a normal routine. It may be hard to do, but it can keep you healthy and better able to handle a tough time.
Take a TV break.
Although it's natural to want to know what's happening, don't spend hours glued to the television set. Taking a break from watching what's going on in the world is OK. Read, play board games or go outside.
Get creative and express yourself.
Drawing pictures and writing letters can help you feel better. Maybe you'd like to send a letter or homemade card to rescue workers, doctors, and others who cared for people who were hurt. You also can start a journal and record your thoughts and feelings. You can share this with others or keep it to yourself.
Be respectful of others.
You may have heard certain countries, religions, or political causes blamed for terrorism and other scary events in the world. But it's important to remember that very few people believe in killing and hurting innocent people to make their point. Don't give in to prejudice by blaming a whole group or by disliking people just because of the country where they were born, the faith they practice, the way they dress, the color of their skin or for who they love.
Help out and be with others.
In times of tragedy, people find comfort in being together and supporting each other. Find ways to show you care and that the community is sticking together. Hold a friend's hand or give someone a hug. It will make you both feel a little better.
Above all...just know that YOU ARE LOVED and try to be the best and most awesomest you that you can be!
* Adapted from: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
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