Ukraine-You wake up remembering that Russia is at war with Ukraine, and your stomach feels like a momentary churn-you are not alone.
It is understandable that the uncertainties and unknowns that are currently imminent are difficult to manage, as many wanted to avoid serious conflicts.
According to psychotherapist Lucy Beresford HuffPost UKWhat I feel overwhelmed now is a completely normal reaction.
“People tend to feel much better when they control their lives. Situations such as pandemics and the current war in Ukraine can cause anxiety, fear and overwhelming emotions.” She explains.
A sense of helplessness
“People associated with Ukraine can feel helpless, and anyone listening to the news may be worried or panicked. And stress makes us physically. By wearing or feeling sick, the stress that still exists as a result of a pandemic can be amplified by this new sense of threat, as it can affect us.
Look at social media and make sure you’re certainly not the only one experiencing these emotions.
According to psychologist Tara Quinn-Cirillo, following information from a distance can also lead to helplessness. Therefore, she encourages readers to manage their reaction to information “using reliable sources.”
Avoid hashtags like ″ # ww3 (World War III in French, Editor’s Note) For example, she says. Take breaks in the media, including social networks, to limit discussions on the subject. “
Stick to your emotions
Surprisingly, Lucy Beresford believes that one way to deal with these emotions is to “stay in them.” “It’s difficult, but very valuable,” she says. “You can be afraid to be overwhelmed, so it takes courage to stay in the moment with your feelings. But the mantra of” passing through “whispering in your ear is very effective. “
She also recommends performing a “body scan” to dive into her body from her own thoughts.
“I really feel that I sit down, close my eyes, scan my body slowly and mentally from head to toe, and put my body in a chair,” she says.
While you may feel like you’ve read all the self-care advice you’ve got over the last few years, Lucy Beresford says it’s still important to stick to the basics.
“See if you tend to take, take medicine, eat, socially withdraw and relax, and do your best to stop,” she says.
Therefore, Tara Quinn-Cirillo is encouraged to think about what she can do. “There is something basic we can do,” she says. “We may know Ukrainians who are worried about their loved ones. Check in them. If necessary, for you to hear and talk to them. Let them know you’re there. Is there anything practical you can do for them? “
This Huffpost UK article has been translated and adapted from English.
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