Your health may be threatened by the tragedy

Marilynn Preston

I have no words to capture the horror show that became reality for America on Sept. 11. How we deal with it as a nation will be revealed slowly over the coming months. How you deal with it as an individual is up to you.

So take a minute and tune in to the damage done to your own lifestyle: Are you still feeling waves of anxiety, panic, despair? Is your sleep disturbed? Are you left with anger and grief? Stress and tension?

Make no mistake: The attack on America and the ongoing crisis can have a serious impact on your health unless you have a plan to defend yourself and your family. Please continue to work through your emotions and confusion in a way that opens your heart instead of crushing it.

Continue to do whatever feels like comfort and relief: Meet with friends, light a candle, join a support group, write a check, sit quietly and be thankful, buy stock, recite affirmations, hug your children. The experts have no end of suggestions.

My suggestions would include exercise as a way to ease the lingering anxiety. Try meditation, or simple breathing exercises, to calm your mind. Consider a massage to unlock body tension.

You can’t undo the attack against America. The only thing you can control is your reaction. Find a way to work through the pain, anger and fear so it doesn’t drag down your overall health. It can, you know. Don’t let it.

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For every three or five or 10 miles you walk, move yourself the same number of miles closer to your goal.

For every 30 minutes of strength training, move yourself 10 or 15 miles ahead. Make a game of it. Track your route on the map and when you finally arrive, reward yourself with something meaningful, such as a real visit to that very place.