Ways to Help Your Family Handle Fear

We live in a world of nonstop news that can repeatedly trigger tension and worry. One breaking news story after another can make us wonder if we can keep our families safe and our world peaceful.   What we do to release that tension and what we say to our families to comfort them can make a big difference.  Here are some ways to sort through fears and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Take a moment to help your family get settled and accept sad feelings.  In the midst of disasters around the world, it is normal to feel sad and alarmed. But we should note that day to day the world manages to absorb problems and go on.  Everybody shows up and does their job.  Planes keep flying, governments talk and new understandings emerge.  Monitor the news that you family gets. When a major disaster floods the news, take the time to talk about it and put it into context.  Your support and reassurance can make a big difference.

Think of ways to help others and get your kids involved.  Sometimes it is best to shut off the news and get out there to do something to make life better.  What can you do to help? Volunteering at local hospitals, writing letters to victims, visiting senior centers and working at library fundraisers are good starters.  Take your kids with. You may be amazed at how much they want to be involved.

Keep normal patterns of comfort and reassurance going at your house.  Kids are always reading the signs.  They want to know if everything is OK with their family, friends and pets. The easiest way to do this is to watch Mom and Dad and to listen.  So whenever possible avoid loading kids up with too much news, and too many adult conversations.  Instead, use favorite outings to the beach or the park to blow off some steam and keep everything level.

Learn more about fear and stress and let your doctor help.  As you look for ways to handle fear talk to your doctor.  Learning how to relax is a vital tool. Your chiropractor can also help you release stress and  give you exercises to do at home to help your body relax when stress starts to build.  

As you put the news in its place and spend more time reaching out to others, you will often see little differences in your family.  Little things mean more.  Good times and good conversations seem contagious. In the process of supporting and reassuring your family you can build a lot of happy memories.  

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