Tips on Coping With Anxiety Caused by the Current Iraq Conflict
continue to confront the new and difficult realities related to the
on-going conflict in Iraq, our ordinary levels of stress, anxiety, and
insecurity are naturally heightened. The following practical
suggestions are designed to help you manage the stress associated with
Take it day by day. Stick to the academic work and social schedules
that give structure to your daily activities. There is comfort and
security in these routines.
Try to eat well and get enough rest.
Avoid excesses in alcohol and other such indulgences.
Limit your exposure to the emotionally draining impact of
television war coverage. Is it really going to benefit you to watch the
same bomb-, protest-, or riot-footage over and over again?
Spend time with people that you care about and do things with them that you enjoy.
Seek support and comfort from spiritual leaders and others in your faith community.
If you are struggling, talk about your feelings and ask for support
from friends and family. If your mood, power of concentration, and
sense of worry continues to be a source of concern, contact the
Counseling Center and request an appointment to discuss these issues.