Tornadoes, flooding, and ice storms are a part of life here in the heartland. Almost everyone feels apprehensive when anticipating the arrival of a potential tornado or flood, blizzard, ice storm, or any severe weather. Stress is how the brain and body respond to such demands. Although everyone feels stressed from time to time, feeling anxious during times of stormy weather, though common, is upsetting.
However, not all stress is bad. Why? Because it can motivate us to prepare! In fact, preparation enhances resilience. Here are some tips to help you increase your and your families’ resilience both physical and emotional.
When faced with a new or threatening situation, PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! Both scientific research and common sense has shown that the more you prepare for an event the less anxious you will be and the better you will perform. So let’s look at how to prepare for severe weather and thus become more resilient.
Know the emergency plan of your children’s school or daycare.
Get the facts:
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
Be alert to changing weather conditions.
Reach out to your children:
Be calm and supportive. Find out more about how to strengthen your children’s emotional well-being both before and after a storm. Download Help Kids Cope (It’s free from Google Play and iTunes).
Encourage your children to learn more about weather by playing games or other activities. For example, visit:
Learn to recognize when you or someone you care about is experiencing the signs of feeling anxious or stressed, such as trouble concentrating, being easily irritated, feeling depressed, or experiencing unexplained body aches and pains. Recognizing these signs early, and doing something about them, can help you, and others, better able reduce the chances of becoming overwhelmed during bad weather.
Engage in self-care. Eat healthy, exercise, take time to do activities you enjoy. Make sure you get enough sleep.
Practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress and promote calm. These techniques are particularly helpful in preventing, or short-circuiting, panic attacks.
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