Monday, October 5, 2015

Living in a Scary World

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...

14 Tips for Managing Anxiety After the Shootings

...has great helpful tips for dealing with anxiety like these.

1 comment:

  1. I know the feeling. Every time I send my son off to school I think twice about the roads I take and the whether or not my son is okay in his school. Being a parent means you never stop worrying, regardless of where you live.


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