I pull analogies from most everything. I figure if I have to experience something hard (another hurricane) or even good (a vacation), I might as well expand as a result of it. So even though my “Three Lessons” came from Irma, I see them as life applicable.
- Focus on the facts. Sensationalized media stories, worse-case scenario predictions, and rehashing the play-by-play and day-by-day of what’s happening only add anxiety to an already-stressful situation. Limit updates and discussions (whether it be in person, on the phone, or through other technology) to information that helps with preparation and post-storm recovery, and with only those who contribute to forward movement.
- Be prepared, and then some. Whatever is known as smart planning, do it. And then, customize preparation to your ability to withstand a storm––physically and emotionally, your property’s ability, and what reliable authorities recommend regarding your specific situation and location. Fundamentals provide for the masses. We provide for the personal.
- Engage in your “better self”. Weathering a storm tests us beyond normalcy. Besides the basics of staying hydrated, eating well, and getting plenty of rest, know what makes your world better. Volunteering, playing a game, or cleaning your closet; watching a comedy, breathing deeply, sitting quietly with nature; or praying, exercising, or reading a book, can all be great strategies to relieving stress and calming your spirit. Self-care is not selfish.