How to deal with war, in times of pandemic – NBC Chicago

Mental health professionals are sounding the alarm when it comes to dealing with the stress of current events.

For more than two years, we have faced many weak points during the coronavirus pandemic. Today, war breaks out on the other side of the globe. What happens in Ukraine will have lasting repercussions, even here at home.

So how do you cope? What do you tell your children?

Dr. Kathy Zebracki, chief of psychology at Shriners Children’s Chicago, said being honest with yourself and your children will be key. The pandemic has heightened our sense of anxiety which often spills over into other areas of our lives.

“It’s very real. Even if you want to hide your kids from this, you can’t,” Zebracki said. “Keep the language simple.”

Dr. Zebracki said to consider age when having these conversations.

“When you talk to a teenager, you might be able to go into more detail,” Zebracki said. “But a toddler or a 7-year-old…they just want to know they’re safe.”

Getting enough sleep is crucial. This is a routine that needs to be watched closely in children.

“Nightmares or difficulty falling asleep is their way of showing you they’re distressed,” Dr. Zebracki said.

If you notice your child suddenly clinging to you more, that could also be a red flag.

As a way of coping, getting involved in the cause can alleviate anxiety by contributing to a solution to the problem at hand.

“Ask them to write a letter to someone in the military. If they’re older, they might want to be part of a charity,” Dr. Zebracki said. “Just to let them know they can help in some way.”

If you feel alone, you are not. Be sure to watch the full news above this article to hear the personal stories of two Chicagoans who are going through these trying times.

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