Letter to the Editor

Help is out there

Sunday, March 15, 2020

No rants against President Trump here. No disparaging words that promote dissension and the status quo we've been used to for more than three years. No, at this time in our existence, we need to focus on promoting those things that keep us mentally healthy and fit. That would include staying connected to family and friends at least through your phone. Practicing stress relief by taking deep breaths, exercising, reading, gardening maybe just eating ice cream! Whatever works for you, do more of it. By all means avoid increased consumption of alcoholic beverages. Booze is not the only answer. Better yet, plan something fun and/or exciting for, say, September. Yes, COVID-19 is out there, but it need not dominate life as we know it!

As anxiety levels rise, seeking competent mental health help makes sense. That's where the National Alliance on Mental Illness comes to mind. This organization exists here in our local counties, and is accessible online at namiofnwia@gmail.com, or by calling 712-262-9438. The last thing we need is panic and feeling helpless. NAMI has good advice and strategies to deploy. If you already have PTSD or other anxiety disorders, and are feeling extra stressed, don't give up. Help is out there!

The words of a wise rabbi quoted recently in the news, come to mind: "Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should that need arise.

Bill Kersting, Spencer