Dr Russ Blog - Boston - Managing Fear When Fear Hits Home
Boston - Managing Fear When Fear Hits Home
Created on 4/16/2013
As the world watched yesterday's tragic events unfold at the Boston Marathon there was a collective experience of sorrow, anger, compassion and, in some corners, fear.
Experts say that the goal of the criminals behind terrorist attacks is to induce fear in people, to create a tear in the fabric of society.
Perhaps the best counter to fear is some combination of control and resilience; they were immediately recognizable yesterday in Boston.
People rushing towards the explosions to help those in need. People offering their homes to complete strangers. Medical personnel working around the clock to help the injured. Our brave police and military ramping up security to help keep us safe. And prayers pouring in from around the globe.
The news often lets us know that there are many things in life we cannot control - they range from the economy to the weather to accidents and, yes, even to terror.
The best way to move forward and defeat fear is to take control of what we can.
Take control of your health by committing anew to healthy eating, regular exercise and to getting enough sleep each night.
Take control of your circumstances in part by cultivating an attitude of gratitude for all that we have even in light of recent events.
Take control by acting on that gratitude in any of a number of ways - perhaps go out of your way to thank a police officer, paramedic or the military personnel in our midst.
Maybe spend some time volunteering to help serve the underserved in our communities.
Maybe give just a little more generously the next time we're asked to support a worthy cause.
Maybe simply offer a smile wherever you go today.
Research shows that when we act to help others in need we benefit ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.
And when we act in this way we take control from those who seek to make us fearful.
And we defeat them.
Be a little more kind and a little more grateful today, and act on those sentiments. In so doing you can help heal the world.
And you'll be healthier, too.
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