You’re just worried, right? Or are you experiencing real anxiety? What should you do.
All were nervous and trembling. Feelings of sadness and fear are normal reactions today.
Tragedies, national and personal, can affect us in different ways. Some people may be worried about the rise in anti-Semitism and afraid to go to places like Walmart or gas stations. Others may feel that they cannot concentrate at work, at school or with their children because of what is happening.
This type of reaction is normal and can occur to different degrees in different people. We need to learn the delicate balance of being affected by what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Israel while maintaining and continuing our daily roles as best we can.
Are you feeling worried?
If your fears and worries are too great, if controlling your anxious thoughts becomes too difficult, then you may be experiencing anxiety. How do we define anxiety?
Anxiety is excessive worry and difficulty controlling those thoughts, to the point that it interferes with work, school, and relationships. People with anxiety often describe their thoughts as intrusive, ruminative, cyclical. They often feel restless, irritable, irritable and have difficulty sleeping and concentrating. Anxiety can also be felt in physical ways, such as feeling sweaty, shaky, muscle tense, and stomach aches or nausea.
Anxiety can be difficult to manage. When anxiety is directly related to a situation like the one we are in, we expect it to decrease over time as the situation improves, God willing. Even in challenging times like these, there are many ways to keep yourself calm.
Next: What to do for management
An important measure is self-care. This includes eating well, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and exercising. It can also be helpful to discuss things with your spouse or friends. Some people find essential oils such as lavender or chamomile helpful when they feel overwhelmed or stressed, especially before bed.
Other techniques that may be helpful to reduce stress or anxiety include: deep breathing, meditation, guided imagery, mindfulness or simply doing any relaxing activity –
Coloring/drawing, walking, journaling, listening to music, or taking a bath.
If that doesn’t work
If these methods are not effective and anxiety is affecting daily life, CBT or other therapeutic modalities with a qualified and licensed therapist can be very beneficial.
However, if someone is still experiencing severe anxiety and therapy and other techniques are not enough, it may be time to consult a psychiatrist. There are many medications that are very effective in treating anxiety. A psychiatric provider may recommend specific medications based on the person’s presentation and medical history, and may monitor the person’s response to the medication.
Some anxiety is normal in extenuating situations
Yes, such a tragedy can and will make people afraid and anxious to varying degrees. Depending on the degree of impact, a person’s sleep and other daily activities may be hindered. In this situation, it does not mean that medication or therapy is needed. A person needs to know themselves, to be able to assess how they are coping with their situation and know if and when to seek further help.
May we soon welcome Mashiach in Yerushalayim in our time.
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