When global crisis dominates the media, each of us is affected emotionally. So many of my friends and family feel strongly impacted by this past weeks events, as they mourn for Paris and Beirut. During pregnancy and in the postpartum period, our emotions are often just under the surface. When horrific events occur, it can invoke a deep sadness that affects our day to day life. In times of global crisis, it’s important to remember to care for yourself.
High levels of stress can negatively impact your pregnancy. While you can’t always shut off social media and the news, you can maintain a sense of balance. It’s important to maintain your routines and seek stress relief if you are experience emotional anguish as a result of disaster media.
“WHILE YOU CAN’T ALWAYS SHUT OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE NEWS, YOU CAN MAINTAIN A SENSE OF BALANCE.”
Maintain balance by going for a walk, practising yoga, listening to music that you enjoy, taking a bath or anything else that you find useful for releasing stress. Find a friend you can talk to about how you are feeling. Talking through your feelings and experience can help you to process it. Speaking with a counselor may be helpful. Take the time to be grateful and meditate on the good things in your life. Making sure that you are getting enough rest can also decrease your stress levels.
Learn to recognise the standards of grief – depression, fear, guilt, numbness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, poor sleep – and remember that these experiences and feelings are fluid, there is no set order.
If you just can’t seem to shake your uneasy feeling, seek professional help. Your primary care provider would be happy to refer you to the right resources, so that you can get back to feeling like yourself!
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