By now, you’ve heard about the Boston marathon bombings. It’s horrifying and heartbreaking that something like this can happen period, let alone this close to home. Everything is sort of a confusing whirlwind of bloody photos, misinformation and rumors right now, but we’re doing our best to clarify everything. Here’s what we do know so far.
Two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. So far three people have died and over 150 were hospitalized; some of those people are in critical condition. There were two undetonated devices found–meaning there were two more bombs that, thankfully, didn’t go off. The good news about the undetonated devices–and we’re using “good news” very loosely and very relatively here–is that they can provide clues as to who was behind it: think fingerprints, materials, etc.
Right now, investigators don’t really have any idea who did this or why they did it. What we do know is that it’s being treated as an act of terrorism.
This is scary stuff, and it’s perfectly okay to be scared. That’s a normal human reaction, and you’re absolutely entitled to it. There are a few ways to help yourself stay sane and strong:
Maintain your routine.
When times are tough and terrifying, you may want to crawl in bed and not come out, which is a fair reaction. But it’s also what these creeps want–and living in constant fear to the point of it affecting your daily life isn’t going to make anything better. Maintaining your school, work and extracurriculars will help you function by maintaining some normalcy when you feel like your whole world’s been shaken.
Talk it out.
Whether it’s with your mom, your best friend, a teacher you get along with, a counselor–if you’re freaked out, it’s valid. Hashing it out with someone you trust will probably make you feel better and less crazy or weird (because you’re neither of those things). If your fear gets overwhelming, your best bet is to talk to a counselor who can help you sort it all out and cope. That’s what they’re here for.
Avoid the news if you need to.
Constantly being bombarded with bloody images and not much actual information is exhausting. Just because it’s on doesn’t mean you have to watch it, and just because people are posting it on Facebook doesn’t mean you have to click. It’s perfectly fine to switch over to Sponge Bob or veg out to sloth videos on YouTube if it makes you feel better for a while.
Pay attention to your body.
Sometimes when we’re stressed, we can get aches and pains we normally wouldn’t deal with. Be aware of your body’s telling you and see a doc if you need to.
Don’t get sucked into stereotypes.
Sometimes disasters can bring out a lot of prejudices. Try your best not to succumb to those or stoop to that level, because no one person represents an entire race, religion, ethnicity or nationality–and both good and evil people come in all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds.
Focus on the helpers.
You can get resources for the Boston Marathon bombing victims and find out how you can help here. Mr. Rogers said it best: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Trying times bring out both the worst and best in humanity–and the good will always, always, always outweigh, outshine, outnumber and outdo the bad. Believe it.
Did the Boston Marathon bombings shake you? Do you or anyone you know suffer a loss in the Boston Marathon bombing or any other act of terrorism? How are you coping with fear and grief following the Boston Marathon bombings? Tell us in the comments!