The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental health advocates across the country have gone out in their communities to educate the public about mental illness. With recent events in the USA and the world, several people have expressed concern for their own personal mental health or others. People are feeling hopeless and helpless because they cannot see an end in sight.
When tragedy strikes it increases everyone’s general anxiety, sadness and anger. Frequently being exposed to graphic violence is emotionally distressing and can lead to myriad of health issues from high blood pressure, to panic attacks, to nausea and muscle tension.
The healthiest ways to cope are:
- Remember that you’re not alone. Coping is easier with a support network in place.
- Know that it’s OK to tune it out for a while. Shut off the TV or skip the newspaper and take a mental break from the happenings of the world.
- Do things that make you feel good. Take a bath, go for a walk, or take a cat nap.
Amid ongoing tragedy, finding healthy ways to deal with the emotional distress it causes is very important. If we try to stay focused on finding meaning and purpose in our life, perhaps we can minimize the after effects of bad events.
Take care and know that I am a support base for you!