We have been through difficult years recently. After the pandemic, we are now living under the constant risk of War, either traditional or nuclear.
According to Wikipedia, War is an intense armed conflict between states, governments, societies, or paramilitary groups. It is generally characterized by extreme violence, destruction, and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces.
Do you feel anxious about war? Luckily There are a few things you can do to avoid or at least reduce the war anxiety.
1 – Understand what triggers your war anxiety
This is actually the first thing to do. Take some time to understand the process between the last moment you felt well and the moment you got anxious: what happened? What have you done to trigger the change from calm to anxiousness? Take note of your answers.
2 – Limit negative triggers
After having analysed your reactions, you might have discovered that you got stressed after reading news online, on TV, or on social media.
You need to Block all Apps, websites and platforms that trigger bad moods. Be selectfull of what you read and where.
On the same line, avoid or unfollow people that increase your war anxiety.
3 – Avoid being alone
Do not stay alone. War Anxiety can be both cause and effect of loneliness, with one increasing the other.
Try to talk and exchange your thoughts with people who understand and support you. This will help you reduce your discomfort. You can also look for a good professional therapist if you can allow it.
4 – Accept Uncertainty
Recently, there has been a lot of uncertainty in our world. There are many things you’re not in control of (pandemics, wars, recessions). You will have to come to terms with that, eventually accepting it.
Remember the old Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” You may not trust in God, but You may indeed trust in the wisdom of these words!
5 – Meditate and practice Mindfulness exercises
There are things you can do to empty your mind, not only from anxiety. Practising Mindfulness helps you focus on the present moment, here and now. Just sit in your garden or your apartment and enjoy the small sensations you hear, see, smell or touch, without judgement. Have a look at our other videos for inspiration!
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