The Threat of Terrorism: What to Do

Terrorism threats are so serious they can shake up plenty of countries all over the world. They have also caused a lot of people to be always on the lookout.

Because of the harsh effects of terrorism to life, it’s not surprising if you feel a high level of anxiety and stress. But then you can’t afford to let it get the best of you.

Here are some tips on how to deal with terrorism threats:

Keep tabs on the news. Instead of watching the daytime soap operas or reading gossip blogs, watch or read news in CNN, ABC, and other news channels. You may also want to subscribe to your daily newspaper. When you’re aware of what’s happening in your surroundings, the more you’re prepared for anything.

Read travel advisories. If you’re planning to travel to another country, it’s ideal you get to know first about travel advisories. What are the places you should avoid? What should you watch out for? Better yet, avoid visiting those countries that are in terrorism alert as much as possible.

Follow the security rules. Whether you’re traveling outside or within the country, make sure that you’re aware and that you’re following the different security laws. A lot of them may be stringent, but just keep in mind they’re doing these for your own good. It’s a whole lot better to be very safe than very sorry later.

Be more aware of your surroundings. Be more observant of what’s happening around you. Try to take note of anything suspicious.

Learn to distinguish between fears and reality. Sometimes the threat of terrorism becomes so real to you it paralyzes you. You no longer want to go out or ride buses and trains. You prefer to be at your home at all times, and you stop pursuing the things you normally do.

It’s very essential you can learn to differentiate what’s real from your own fears. Ask yourself the question, “Is there really a threat within our area?” Unless you can really see the common signs of terrorism, there is really nothing that you should be worried about.

Meditate. Before your start or end the day, meditate. Meditation brings you to the present moment, where you don’t worry about anything. It removes the clutter in your mind, the negative thoughts that are causing your depression and anxiety. You can also combine meditation with affirmations or subliminal messages. These include the following:

I am a man (or woman) of peace and harmony.
I believe in love and the value of human life.
I can do a lot of things for the world.

Read positive news. Just to counter all the negative thought you pick up about terrorism threats, read something positive. You can research about the various organizations doing humanitarian missions, as well as how they’re doing in their respective goals. Gather positive news reports about your community or even about your country.

Volunteer. You’ll react less if you are more involved. A lot of organizations need your help.