The events of the past few weeks have left many people, myself included, feeling anxious and uncertain about the future. The threat of nuclear war is a real concern, and it is definitely impacting our mental health. In this blog post, we will discuss some ways to safeguard your mental health in times of turmoil and uncertainty.
The last two years have been tough for everyone. We have faced a global pandemic, economic recession, and political turmoil. These events had already taken a toll on our mental health, so the prospect of nuclear war is making a bad situation even worse.
News from the Ukraine is troubling
In an interview with Jake Tapper of CNN, President Volodymyr Zelensky shared his concerns about President Putin’s frame of mind, and the increasing probability of the use of tactical nuclear weapons.
“Not only me — all of the world, all of the countries have to be worried because it can be not real information, but it can be truth. Chemical weapons, they should do it, they could do it, for them the life of the people, nothing. That’s why. We should think not be afraid, not be afraid but be ready. But that is not a question for Ukraine, not only for Ukraine but for all the world, I think.”President Volodymyr Zelensky
The sinking of the Moskva, Russia’s flagship Black Sea missile cruiser has added to the tension. It is difficult not to worry about the possibility that Putin will retaliate by resorting to the ace up his sleeve – Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
The anxiety that we are feeling is therefore completely understandable. We are facing an uncertain future, and the stakes are high. But there are some things that we can do to safeguard our mental health when facing the threat of a nuclear war.
How to safeguard your mental health in the face of the threat of a nuclear war
One of the worst things that you can do for your mental health is to spend hours scrolling through social media and reading about all the bad things that are happening in the world. This will only make you feel worse. If you find yourself doomscrolling, take a break and go for a walk, read a book, or call a friend.
One of the best ways to combat anxiety is to take action. Get involved in your community, and do what you can to make a difference. There are many ways to get involved, whether it’s volunteering, attending protests, or writing letters to your representatives.
You could help raise funds for the people of Ukraine, or get involved in the movement to prevent nuclear war. There are many organizations that are working towards this goal. Find one that you can support and get involved in their work. This will help you feel like you are doing something to make a difference.
Talk to someone
If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is important to talk to someone. Talk to a friend, family member, therapist, or anyone who will listen. If you don’t have anyone in your life who can provide support, there are many helplines and online resources that can help. It is important to express what you are feeling and to have someone to talk to.
Take care of yourself
In times of stress, it is important to take care of yourself. Make sure to eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. Taking care of your physical health will help you to feel better mentally and emotionally.
Find ways to relax
It is important to find ways to relax and unwind. This can be different for everyone, but some ideas include reading, listening to music, or spending time in nature. You could also try to start a mindfulness or a meditation habit that will help you find your inner peace and focus on the present, not your fears of the future.
Stay connected with your friends and family, even if you can’t be together in person. Social support is crucial during difficult times. You are not the only one who is concerned, and talking to others can help you to feel less alone.
Be kind to yourself
These are just some of the things that you can do to safeguard your mental health in these difficult times. The most important thing is to be gentle with yourself and understand that we are all going through a tough time. We all have to face the reality of what is happening in the world, but we can also take action to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
If you need help, please reach out to one of the many organizations working to prevent nuclear war, or call a helpline. You are not alone in this. We can get through this, together.