This is a time of challenges. Stress is difficult on our bodies. During hard times, it is easy to lose track of what we need to stay healthy.
Extra Challenges of Hurricane Season
It doesn’t matter how many times you go through it, storm season in Houston is always a challenge. In addition to the practical challenges, the unpredictability of the weather situation makes things feel worse. If there are additional concerns, such as Covid or flu season, it is even more difficult to make plans and decisions.
Getting stressed, worrying, having to stay on “high alert”, missing regular exercise time, having no time to relax, missing regular adjustments, and eating less healthily are all stressful to the body.
Some Practical Suggestions to Help
- If you can’t do regular exercise, do what you can. Walking around the inside of the house or garage, doing stretches, or doing some light exercise is better than nothing.
- Have some healthy snacks on hand. Even if the electricity stays on, anxiety may prevent you from wanting to cook. It is really easy during these times to reach for sweets or salty snacks. Having fruit or veggies already cut up or a healthy soup on hand can prevent dietary slips.
- Drink enough water! This seems to be the first thing people forget in times of stress. Make sure you are drinking enough water and staying hydrated.
- Relax in the way that is best for you. Don’t watch the news or weather constantly, and give yourself a break from social media, electronic communication, and stressful intellectual tasks. Meditation, listening to music, prayer, petting a dog or cat, a power nap, or just sitting doing nothing can help your blood pressure and outlook.
- Reach out. If you are feeling depressed, scared or lonely, reach out to a loved one or neighbor. If you are seriously depressed, call a hotline for help.
Prepare in Advance
Preparing a hurricane kit in advance and having evacuation plans in places can reduce a lot of anxiety!
Don’t Take Unnecessary Chances
If your adrenaline is surging, it is easy to forget to be careful. When moving objects around, packing, or carrying supplies, be thoughtful and purposeful. Make sure you are lifting properly. Make multiple trips to carry items when necessary. Don’t take chances doing something that you know may result in injury.
During a weather event, stay home when you can. You can always reschedule an appointment or meeting. Don’t worry about getting behind in work or errands. Remember, your safety and the safety of your family is what is most important.
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