Remaining Resilient in Times of War

Many people may be experiencing intense feelings as a result of the war with Iraq. Times of war are filled with uncertainty, because no one knows how long a war will last or how it will affect our lives. We may feel uncertain about the future and anxious about events that are out of our control.

Whether you have been directly or indirectly impacted, it is important to know that each person reacts differently to war, and it is normal and expected to experience a range of responses. Building resilience, the ability to adapt well to unexpected changes and events, can help us manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty related to war.
However, being resilient does not mean that you won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss in a time of war or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma. We all can develop resilience; it involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned over time. Learn about steps to building resilience that can help you adapt to unexpected events and stressful situations in a time of war.

Media broadcasting of political violence influences people's attitudes and emotional states. Anxiety levels increase significantly following media portrayals of terrorism, political violence, and threats to national security. (Slone, 2000)
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