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Stress Reduction During Approaching Disaster

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

In light of the approaching hurricane Dorian, today's health tip is about stress.

The never-ending news about a storm’s arrival may increase our anxiety, stress, and fear.

It is ‘normal’ to have difficulty managing our feelings during major traumatic events. However, if we don’t deal with the stress, it can be harmful to our mental and physical health.

Some stress related symptoms are tension headaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure and insomnia.

Here are some tips to help you take care of your own mental health, as well as your family’s before and after a storm.

Maintain a hopeful outlook. As we are seeing with Dorian the hurricane track is constantly changing and we get days to respond.

• Do something positive, like checking on neighbors to make sure they have a plan, which can provide a sense of purpose in a situation that feels out of your control.

• Follow your usual daily routine as much as possible.

• Limit your exposure to repeated news stories, which usually increases stress.

• Rest, get exercise, and eat properly. Seek out leisure and recreational activities that involve both mind and body.

• Spend time with trusted loved ones for support.

• Talk with others and seek support from those who have been exposed to the same or similar trauma.

• And most important recognize that you cannot control everything and we are all in this together.

Remember reducing stress is an important step to Ace Your Health!

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