i started riding my bike to work
to get my mind off the bombing in New York. It worked. Now, instead of terrorists, I focus on motorists out to get me. Getting back into routine is another stress-reducer, but as an Air Canada employee at Pearson Airport I can't escape the impact. I'm searched going in and out of the U.S. departure area. I in turn scrutinize pilot, inflight crew and passenger IDs. Danger has infiltrated my workplace and, like millions of others around the world, I'm feeling it.
Chugging Bach Rescue Remedy and camomile tea, popping B vitamins like there's no tomorrow and downing so much high-potency buffered C that I'm considering a steady intravenous drip have helped. Do-it-yourself acupressure's a good tip. To relieve anxiety, place your fingertips on the indentation of your breastbone at the level of your heart. Hold firmly for two minutes while you take long, slow, deep breaths. There are also nasal inhalers that you can keep handy and take a whiff off when stressed -- benzoin, bergamot, camomile, camphor, cedarwood, lemon or melissa.
Music is a good trauma easer. I often put on Carlos Nakai's Carry The Gift, native flute music. And many classics are known mind-alterers -- Vivaldi's largo from the Guitar Concerto in B Major, Handel's largo from Xerxes or Debussy's prelude to The Afternoon Of A Fawn.
"Joining a rally or attending meetings of political groups connects you with others. It's easy to feel afraid or alone, because society tries to cast a spell on us to feel powerless."
LAUREN CARTER Humanist Movement
"Identify your feelings on paper. Analyze whether they're from childhood; a lot of adults abused as children are having these issues triggered by the terrorist attack. Writing them down grounds you in the present and helps you to realize you're safe. (Keep) a dream journal, and remember that all aspects in the dream, from monster to bystander, represent you.'
ANITA SACHANSKA Therapeutic writing facilitator
"A lot of people have come in since September 11 looking for help. Rose quartz and amethyst crystals work on the energy field to calm you. Carry with you or wear as a pendant."
GENYA HAVER Gifts from the Earth
"Whether we're aware of it or not, the image of the plane crashing into the building is replaying over and over in our subconscious, where stress goes. Hypnotherapy, deep breathing and repeating a phrase that takes you into a relaxation state reduce the heart rate."
BARB KESHAN Hypnotherapist