Current Events & Your Mental Health
There is no doubt that we are facing a very difficult reality related to the situation in Afghanistan. How you are feeling, whatever those feelings may be, is valid and justified. We provide a safe space to speak openly about how recent events have impacted you. We are honored to walk beside you as you navigate through this uncertain terrain and heal.
In times like these, it is normal to:
- Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, and resentful
- Feel angry or betrayed (personally and for others who fought alongside you)
- Have symptoms worsen such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, etc.
- Have an increase in cravings for alcohol, drugs, and food to numb
- Want to isolate and avoid in unhealthy or unbalanced ways
- Ruminate on past experiences
- Overcompensate feelings of vulnerability by being hypervigilant and on guard
- Have fluctuating thoughts and emotions as more details come to light
No matter what may be coming up for you, you are not powerless or alone. Here are some things you can do:
- Talk. Find someone you trust to speak openly with about how you are feeling. Reaching out is a sign of strength. You may need to let them know that you just need to talk and ask them to listen without giving advice.
- Allow for space. You may not be at your best right now and that is okay. Allow for space and let good enough be good enough.
- Come up for air. Distractions are sometimes healthy in times of extreme emotion. Find something healthy that brings you joy and contentment. Taking time away is not being complacent or apathetic, but rather it is honoring your needs.
- Set limits. The media is not always helpful. Limit the news and minimize social media so you can focus on what matters most to you right now.
- Keep it up: Ask for what you need, as many times as you need. Just don’t give up.
Just as your physical health requires attention and maintenance, so does your mental health. When any situation arises that impacts how you feel and function, it’s time to get the support you need to achieve balance and return to a sense of well-being once again.