Advice from a Nebraska Medicine physician on coping with recent tragic events.
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – With one tragic event after another, mass shootings are starting to seem far too normal.
It stretches from Buffalo, New York to Tulsa, Oklahoma to Uvalde, Texas, and most recently Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.
A Nebraska Medicine doctor said if you’re feeling anxious about these events, it’s important to take breaks from watching TV and going outside.
“And there’s actually a science to that – that people who spend time outdoors, especially in green spaces, if you can go outside anywhere there are green spaces or wooded areas, or things like that, tend to be happier and healthier physically and mentally healthier,” said Dr. Steven Wengel, of Nebraska Medicine.
He also said it was very important to stay in touch with others and if you feel angry or angry after seeing these events, he suggested channeling that anger into something like contacting your reps or joining a cause.
Tourist sites can also bring anxiety, stress and frustration to children.
Wengel said if your child is distressed by seeing these tragic events, it’s essential to listen to them.
“Listen more than talk. Listen to your kids and just ask them, ‘What do you know about this?’ to see what they already know. They may know more than you think. They may not know as much as you think they might know or expect. They may have misconceptions, perhaps be they heard inaccurate things from friends or other people,” Wengel said.
He encourages parents to continue modeling healthy behaviors, such as watching television consumption and going outside.
How are you coping with the recent mass shootings? Nebraska Medicine doctor has tips for coping
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