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.
- Exercise regularly.
- 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.