Protests and Health – level 3

17-06-2020 15:00

Experts say that binging, depression, insomnia, and increased blood pressure may occur among people, and it does not matter if people are at protests or if they watch them online or on TV.

Psychologists are warning that the mental drain on the people who are protesting against racism can last long after the protest is over. Even a peaceful protest might be psychologically draining when the situation escalates, and police are pointing guns at individuals.

A professor at the University of Kentucky said that people who are engaged in protests or activism movements are constantly tired both physically and emotionally because their work does not end. Experts recommend activities that can help protesters manage their mental health and process anger and pain, such as meditation, therapy, or journaling.

Difficult words: binging (to do something very much, especially eat or drink), insomnia (inability to sleep), drain (when something pulls your energy), escalate (to become more intense or serious), journaling (keeping a written record of a person’s activities and feelings).

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