Coping with Natural Disasters

Overcoming Fear and Worry and Moving Into Action

hurricanes and stressUnfortunately, with global warming, we live in a time when natural disasters occur more and more frequently, whether it's the recent fires in California, or the pending hurricanes all over the globe.  At times like this, it's easy to go into fear and panic, neither of which will help you cope effectively.

Here's what you can do about natural disasters.

  • Get as much legitimate information as possible but do not get glued to TV updates.  The news thrives on crises and catastrophes.  But the more you watch, the more upset you will get.  Stay informed and then get moving.
  • Be proactive rather than reactive.  Pack emergency bags, even if the storms, fires, etc. seem far away. Include passports, documents, medicines, a week's worth of clothes.Be ready to move as soon as you need to.
  • Take photos of all important papers, wills, documents, insurance policies, passports, etc. and send them to the cloud. Do the same thing with children and pets' medical records.  Put harnesses on your animals and have leashes nearby- even cats.  Put id on your pets.
  • If you have to leave, take your pets with you or they may very well die.  They are part of your family- don't neglect them. Give them Rescue Remedy or Homeopet anxiety drops in their water. If you're scared, they're scared. Bring toys and food, litter and doggies bags with you, and any medicine.
  • Listen to officials.  If they give you a mandatory evacuation, do it.  People who don't and stay behind create added stress for first responders.
  • Reach out to loved ones and tell them you love them.  If you are in a danger zone, let them know you are ok.  Post that you are safe on social media. Have a central number to call into.
  • Don't let fear take over.  Pray, meditate, ask for help, assist others.  This is not the time to panic. This is the time to stay calm and take necessary action.
  • Remember that your life is what's important.  Yes- we value our homes and material possessions.  But your life is what matters, and the lives of those you love.
  • Check on single people, particularly elderly neighbors and be sure they are ok.
  • Stay positive and upbeat, focus on gratitude and be a positive force in your area.What you focus on manifests, so don't put your energy into worry and fear. Focus on the good- there is always plenty of good.You have so much more strength and courage than you know.  You can get through a natural disaster and bounce back.  You are powerful beyond measure.  Tap into your innate wisdom, courage and ability to lift others and thrive in the midst of chaos.  You can do this.

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