PALM BEACH GARDENTS, Fla. - What began with an attack at the Boston Marathon, transformed into a marathon of emotions for people well beyond the Boston city limits. The seemingly unavoidable story was flashed constantly onto television screens worldwide.
"You are empathetic," said Michele Rosenthal of Palm Beach Gardens. "You are going to feel the pain your seeing other people go through. We're all human," she said.
Rosenthal is a Post-Trauma Coach, helping people move forward after a traumatic event. She says anyone who watched much of the 100-plus hours of bombing-related news coverage could be feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious; even fifteen hundred miles away in south Florida.
"We are used to knowing every thing at every second for no reason. Now, there's a compelling reason," she said.
Rosenthal, a former New Yorker who was forced into lockdown in her Upper West Side apartment on 9/11, knows that this week those in and around Boston are suffering the most. However, she believes that because we have watched and listened and followed the story so much, all of us could be feeling something.
"You can be anywhere and feel it, especially with the way we have that close-up feeling, like we are right there," she said.
Eventually, she says, people may need to de-compress. "We need to remember there is good in the world as much as as there's so much evil that we're seeing this week," she said.
Rosenthal offers two simple steps to de-compress after this week.
1) Take a break:
Step away from this story even for just a little while and do something you enjoy doing.
2) Avoid isolation:
Heal 'as a community' with others - not your electronics.