When witnessing an event with as much magnitude as on the news today as the terror attack in San Bernardino, CA, its time to stop what you are doing. PERIOD! Take a mental break, take a self assessment, drink some tea, well, you get the idea, no? Next, determine either on your own, or with someone you care about, how has this news, the vivd pictures on-line, and the ongoing feeds you have been reading impact you. Do the images flash through your mind like a snapshot while carrying on throughout your regular routine? Do the images appear when you lie down at night to go to sleep, making sleep nearly impossible, spurring racing thoughts through your mind? Ugh, let me sleep, you may be saying to yourself! Are you more irritable than usual, less motivated?
We all carry the burden of being human, which may cause you to experience a normal, albeit unpleasant and inhibiting reaction. This is to have a normal response to an abnormal situation. Let me say this again, as it is very important. Listen up, now: You are having a NORMAL response to an abnormal situation. It is normal to feel, to be emotional.
Word from the Wise Therapist…..expect to have a lingering sadness, anxiety or increased irritability following a major event for around 2 weeks or so. After about 10 days, and your symptoms have not waned, set yourself up with one of our life coaches online, or schedule in person to get things in the mental department checked out and running like a well oiled machine. It MUST be a priority for you to take care of you!(At least a weenie teeny teensy tiny little bit!!!)
Give those love ones a little bit of an extra hug and try to enjoy some quiet time together…carve out a little break for some rest and relaxation, and afford yourself the support you need, and seek help of a qualified professional to get you through the slump that you may be feeling. Not only do you Deserve it, you actually need it, or it may linger longer than you may ever expect.
We here at Strategies for Success want to express our deepest thoughts and condolences to the victims and their families of the horror that occurred today in San Bernardino, California. As I learn more about it, my heart feels heavy with despair.
If you or a friend/family member needs the assistance of a licensed counselor or psychiatrist, we offer quality over-the-phone and in person sessions to help fit any personal needs.