A few weeks ago a horrendous thing happened where I live. 2 random people where murdered, another was beaten and a Mom stopped this person from carjacking her car with her 2 children inside. This monster was caught and arrested but this literally hit very close to home, work, school. I am talking just blocks away. We were lucky that we were out of town when it all happened but it still leaves me very anxious. So much that I have been having nightmares and waking up in an almost panic state.
I remember feeling this anxiety after horrible events like 9/11, Columbine, Sandy Hook, and the Colorado movie theatre shootings. As I am writing this I am hearing news of another mass shooting at a community college in Oregon. That is the 45 school shooting in 2015. Yup in 10 months. That is an average of about 1 a week.
There is so much debate about what the solution to this horrible problem is. Some want more gun control. Other want more people to own guns. Some feel it's a mental illness issues while some think it's a white privilege issue. I am also dealing with being a parent and the anxiety that it brings. At the same time I need to keep a brave front so that my children are not anxious and scared.
This Huff Post Parents article...
...has great helpful tips for dealing with anxiety like these.