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How to cope with terror that's stunning nation


The troubling scene from Massachusetts had everyone on edge. It was not always the easiest scenario to cope with.  Experts said sometimes the best thing to do is get away from it all.

Terror gripping our nation.

"It's all over the media I mean you can't escape it anymore," said Steve Rathnow of St. Mary's Hospital Behavior Services.

It can be easy to overload on information and it can impact your mental health.

"Stress happens when change is brought upon us, change that we weren't anticipating," Rathnow said.

Like a terror attack or explosion, personally affected by it or not.

"We lose sleep, we allow ourselves to be distracted, we get preoccupied and we kind of forget to live our lives," he said.

According to Rathnow, those people are more vulnerable to stress, so he recommends limiting exposure, "shut off the TV, go for a walk," and living a balanced life.

"Be productive," he said. "And above all probably is to get plenty of sleep... You have to tell yourself that no matter what the odds of this happening here, where I live, are are extremely tiny."

And locally where floods are impacting families and homes, Marilyn Stevens, a volunteer mental health worker at the American Red Cross, reminded people to stick together.

"It's really important remember to stay connected, stay connected with your family members, um, to pull together," she said.

So even when waters looked murky, it was important to remember this.

"There is recovery," Stevens said. "We do recover from these kinds of things."

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