When the unthinkable happens, it feels incomprehensible. And my heart and condolences go out to the families and friends directly affected by this senseless tragedy. Not only here in Detroit but across this nation, many of us have been hit with a wide range of emotions like shock, fear, grief and disillusionment. You don’t need a personal connection to this traumatic shooting to feel impacted emotionally. But you should learn ways to cope when mass violence occurs.
Fear and distress can impact you in many ways, even making the world feel far more dangerous than it is. You may feel pessimistic, have trouble sleeping, eating, or concentrating. It’s important to work through your emotions and strengthen resilience so that you can thrive once again. Here are my prescriptions:
1. Accept that it’s common to feel a range of emotions right now. Be patient with yourself and those around you as they too may be ALSO experiencing stressful reactions.
2. Talk to friends and loved ones. Their emotional support and care will be reassuring and can help you get through this difficult time.
3. Focus on the overall good in humanity, and choose to reach out to help others. This will trigger positive feelings inside you while uplifting those in need.
4. Don’t let fear get in the way of YOUR FEELINGS OF LOVE. Dreadful events will happen. But we can still do our best to spread love and THIS acceptance, AND not THE fear and hate.
When it’s more than your normal reaction: you can’t function with your daily life, you can’t stop thinking about it, you can’t sleep, stop eating or have intense anger or rage or feelings of retribution – then talk to your doctor and get professional help.
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