How to Handle STRESS in the Face of Disasters?

How to Handle STRESS in the Face of Disasters?
What to do to help Yourself and Help Others.                              

By Dr. Cindy Brown

 By now you have watched the news and have seen the wide spread affects of Hurricane Sandy. You are either witnessing it from afar, or you may have been really close and directly affected by it.  Collectively as a nation we are all energetically and psychologically affected when our fellow Americans and neighbors are hurt or killed, and when their homes and communities are destroyed and/or damaged.

Are You Feeling Stressed as others are facing hardship and challenges due to these disasters and the aftermath? Or are you stressed due to being directly affected by this tremendous natural disaster?

Either way, Stress can have detrimental affects on your health, relationships, family and your life!

It’s natural for humans to react to events they feel they can’t control with feeling stressed and irritable.

 It’s natural and normal to have some survivor guilt and/or anxiety as you see and hear about others being affected by so much; A feeling of sadness, helplessness and an urge to want to give and donate to those suffering and in need. We all would want others to want to help us if we were in need….correct?

SO What can you do to manage your own stress and feeling of helplessness or apathy?

1. Pray, meditate, visualize healing for yourself and others,Visualize healing coming to those most affected, as you send loving light and prayers to others, you also feel healed as if you are doing something to help from afar. Research has shown the power of prayer and intentional thought and focus does have significant results. When you feel helpless, tuning into your own healing power does have powerful outcomes as well as making you feel you are doing something to give you power over which you feel powerless or out of your control!

2. Reach out for help for yourself; talk to a therapist or coach in order to sort out your feelings and heal any trauma you may be feeling and is affecting you.

3. Donate money to organizations you believe will help the communities and people most affected. is taking donations or you can text 90999 and make a $10.00 donation.

4.Start your own fundraiser; bake goods, rummage sale, lemonade stand etc., and donate the money to the charity of your choice to help disaster relief.

5. Donate blood to the Red Cross

6. Call or reach out to friends, colleagues, neighbors in the area to get support or offer support to heal from this event.

7. Offer you home for people to stay, sometimes having guests helps with feeling not so alone and you may feel good helping others

8. Offer food if you live locally to those affected, misplaced or to first responders. If not donate to a food bank

9. Volunteer and Donate your time in the cleanup and/or rebuilding effort

These are just a few ways you can help yourself and help others to heal from the stress of a natural disaster. I am sure you can think of some more, however this should get you started towards healing your stress. You will feel better when you focus on first helping yourself  and then helping someone else; focus on the solution, the rebuilding, rather than feeling sorry for, guilty or helpless. Take action and change your reaction into action and healing! You will feel more empowered, and less stressed!

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©2012 Dr. Cindy Brown

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