I was startled awake from my daily 15 min. power nap by a phone call from my husband. He told me that there had been two explosions at the Boston Marathon. One of our sons was running the marathon and my thoughts instantly turned to him. I was so proud to hear of his courage to run this race of all races. The Boston Marathon had long been in my mind the ultimate triumph. Now I was worried about him and I wondered if he was safe. I texted our daughter and asked if he was alright. She quickly texted back and said that he had finished long before the explosions. I was relieved to hear this, but I was in anguish for the ones injured and their families.
We live in a world filled with violence and uncertainty. A race that is always a positive triumph for all that participate became a tragedy. How do us as Americans deal with this kind of stress. We find ourselves on the receiving end of many evil intentions. One of the most important things we can do is not be intimidated by the terrorists. These attacks are engineered to make us feel afraid. We must not let them win and be afraid. We can find ways to defend ourselves physically and mentally.
Physically we can support our law and fight for the freedoms that are contained in our constitution. We can be proactive in fighting for the laws that we value the most. Becoming active in our communities and standing up for what we believe in can help to defend our freedom. We can support our troops and our local law officers. Good people will always win if we stick together.
We need to stay strong mentally also. Mental health is at risk with the violence around us. There are steps we can take to combat this threat.
1- Make sure to exercise regularly. Exercise will get the good endorphins flowing and is a good way to control depression and anxiety. Running is a great way to get out there and stay healthy. Walking is good to. Find an activity that gives you enjoyment and fulfillment. Yoga, weight lifting, biking, skating, swimming, and anything that gets your heart rate up. If exercise is overwhelming to you find fitness in everyday tasks. Sweep the floor faster, or climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Anything that gets your heart pumping will combat stress.
2- Take the time to seek out friends and family. Call someone and ask them how they are doing. Take the time to go to lunch with your co-workers. Reach out to others that you know are suffering. The kindness that you show to them will go a long way.
3- Seek out alternative remedies to depression and anxiety. Medication is good to keep severe mental illness under control. But many times it becomes ineffective or doesn’t address the chemical imbalance. Look for other natural methods that could help you. Hypnosis is becoming a great alternative to medication. Herbal medication can help when you need to balance your body. Massage therapy is another strategy that will help you combat stress, depression and anxiety. The human touch can be very healing.
In a world filled with stress and uncertainty make sure that you find a way to stay strong and healthy.