10 short tips for dealing with terrorism

Recent terror events merit advice on how to limit fear. Professor Atle Dyregrov (clinical psychologist) has recommend 10 short tips
  1. Live life as normal as possible - do not let fear narrow down your life.
  2. Push away the worries through distraction - a good book, a movie, or other distraction can block unwanted thoughts.
  3. Think "strong thoughts" and repeat these for yourself if you are uneasy: “There is no reason why this should happen here or again", "The police are more alert than ever before'', “I am confident”, "I can manage".
  4. You may use exercise, quiet music and various relaxation methods if you feel very anxious.
  5. Activities provides double benefit - you experience something and at the same time your thoughts are kept away from concerns.
  6. Accept that you will always have to live with some uncertainty - you cannot have control over everything. The chance of terror happening to you or your family is extremely low.
  7. Limit how much time you read or watch terror news – it is enough with one daily update.
  8. Set aside a daily worry time (10 min.) when you are free to worry. If thoughts appear outside this time frame, do not get irritated, but repeat to yourself; "I will think of this in my worry time, not now».
  9. Leave it to the police to keep watch and prevent terror. You will become tense and uneasy if you are on 24-hour guard.
  10. If you are very distressed, i.e. because you have experienced terror or trauma before, you should seek help if it gets too bad.

 

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