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I wanted to take a minute to talk about the Boston Marathon Bombing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and to the friends and families of those that lost their lives. I can only imagine what they are going through. We as a nation are dealing with the images, videos and words that happened after the explosions and continue to be heard through the media outlets.

As we all begin to process what has happened, I just wanted to speak out with a few tips to help us all as Americans deal with this tragedy.

  • Communicate – Talk about how you are feeling. Don’t keep it bottled up inside. Whether it is with your family, friends or a counselor, get those feelings out. It will help you begin to cope with what has happened.
  • Combat Your Fear – While we all may be tempted to keep to ourselves, and not go to public events or planned activities, don’t. It is normal to feel some anxiety after an event like this, but don’t let it change your way of life. It is also important especially if you have children to let them know our world is still safe, we just need to be careful and remain aware of our surroundings.
  • Limit Viewing for Children – Many of the videos and images are graphic. Make sure and limit the amount of coverage that your children are exposed to especially if they are under the age of 10.
  • Create Some Extra Family Time – Be there for your spouse and your children. Spend more time with them and talk about their feelings. Knowing that you are there for them and they are in a safe environment can help them process their feelings.

This was a tragic event and we are going to be seeing and hearing about it for some time to come. Make sure that both you and your family are prepared for that and the emotional outcomes it may create.

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Marta Rocha

About the Author: Marta Rocha is a Mental Health Counselor. Marta is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Marta Rocha is specialized in the areas of Marriage Counseling, Family Issues, Stress Management, Leadership Training, Anxiety, Depression, Sports Psychology, Grief, and Substance Abuse & Addictions. Marta Rocha has 12 years of experience in sales & marketing, advertising, promotions, management, and professional development. Her professional affiliations are with the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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