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Independence Day & YOU

The 4th of July is right around the corner. Self-care and mental health are incredibly important, especially during times of heightened stress and anxiety, such as the 4th of July. For many people, the loud noises and bright lights of fireworks can trigger feelings of fear, panic, and unease. So, it's crucial to have coping mechanisms in place to help manage these emotions.

Here are some helpful tips for coping with stress and anxiety caused by July 4th fireworks:

✅ Plan ahead: If you know that fireworks are a trigger for you, plan ahead and have a support system in place.

✅Find a safe space: If the noise and lights from fireworks are overwhelming, try to find a quiet and safe space where you can relax and feel at ease.

✅Use noise-canceling headphones: If the sound of fireworks is a trigger for you, consider using noise-canceling headphones or earplugs to block out the loud noises.

✅ Engage in self-care activities: Take care of yourself by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

✅Reach out for support: If you're finding it difficult to cope with your feelings of stress and anxiety, don't hesitate to reach out for professional help. Call or text 988 or chat with Suicide & Crisis Lifeline online at

Remember, it's okay to prioritize your mental health and take steps to protect yourself during times of heightened stress. By practicing self-care and utilizing coping mechanisms, you can navigate the 4th of July holiday and enjoy the festivities in a way that feels safe.

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