Coping With Flood-Related Distress
Severe storms and destructive flooding turn your world upside-down from one moment to the next. Even after the immediate threat to your safety has passed, high levels of stress, worry, and fear of the unknown continue to take its toll. Your locally owned SERVPRO understands the anxiety that comes with flooding as we’ve helped hundreds in our community affected by storm damage in Houston, Stafford, and Missouri City.
A key aspect to surviving such a traumatic event is to build resilience. Having resilience, or the ability to bounce back, brings stress relief. Read on to find out effective ways to manage stress and build resilience even in the midst of flood-related uncertainty.
1. Connect With Others And Seek Support. Some people feel the need to draw close to others during troubled times and then there are those who withdraw. If you tend to isolate yourself when you are feeling stressed, we encourage you to make the extra effort to connect with others. By seeking support and talking about your experiences, you’ll find that you are not alone in the flood recovery challenges, and that gives you strength. Whether it’s with fellow Missouri City storm survivors or with family across state lines, connecting with other brings a sense of comfort and relief.
2. Take A Break From The News. Repeatedly watching the flood take over our community in local news broadcasts heightens your stress levels, almost as if you are reliving the trauma all over again. Special consideration should be taken for young children watching the news as they may falsely believe that the thunderstorms and flooding continue to pose a threat even when they are well out of harms way.
3. Practice Self-Care. Healthy habits are always important, but when your dealing with higher than normal levels of stress, taking care of yourself becomes even more critical. While you may not feel the benefits immediately, eating well-balanced meals and getting a full night of quality rest helps to lower anxiety and bring a sense of calm over time. Going for a walk and deep breathing are simple activities that can also bring significant changes to your overall sense of well-being.
4. Have Goals and Take Positive Action. Torrential rains do more than cause water damage to your home and neighborhood --they also disrupt your plans and goals. While some goals may have to be put on hold while the storm damage recovery is underway, you can still develop other goals. Even small goals, such as waking up and going to bed at a set time, can give you a much-needed sense of accomplishment. Reaching these smaller goals also help you to see that you are moving toward recovery –and that gives you hope for the days ahead.
5. Remember That There Is Hope Beyond The Flood. When floodwaters start to rise past the banks of the river and begin to flow down the roads and into your home, life can feel bleak. While flood damage restoration does take time, it is not a challenge that you face alone. At SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City, we live and work with you. When it comes to the challenges of flood recovery, nobody does it or understands it better than we do. From the moment that you give us a call until the storm damage restoration is complete, the technicians of your locally owned SERVPRO are here to aid you every step of the way.
Save our phone number on your cell phone and know that you are just a phone call away from bouncing back after the storm.