Emotional Healing from Catastrophes

Texas, Florida and the Caribbean have experienced a horrific summer. For many, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I was in Texas with my son and his family during Hurricane Harvey. We experienced the flooding and the wind damage was never-ending but, we were lucky. When you have survived these hurricanes in the past, you know that you must pick up the pieces and carry on. Many have no flood or wind insurance and feel hopeless; thousands have lost their beloved pets and livestock. This is when you need a support system.

Many will retreat into isolation and become depressed. It is necessary to reconnect with people and activities enjoyed in the past. Talk about your feelings and how you are going to deal with the situation in real-time. Reviewing your sadness allows you to become resilient and consider the options you may attempt when facing other challenges in life. This will not happen overnight.

Grief and sadness are exhausting, so rest! Your emotions need rest since they have been on a roller coaster ride of darkness. Take time to process and emerge from the darkness. This can be a lifetime tool when facing challenges. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!