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A Preparedness Mindset For Hurricane Season

We’ve talked about how precast concrete stands up to hurricanes as well as what you can do to protect your property from a storm, but how can you protect yourself from the psychological impacts of an impending hurricane?

The short answer is, you can’t, but there are some things you can do to mitigate the stress involved in confronting a natural disaster.¬†Last week, NOAA announced that the 2018 hurricane season is now predicted to be below normal, with 9-13 named storms (4-7 of which will be hurricanes, and 0-2 of those major ones). While this is good news for us as we enter into the height of the season, those numbers still present a very stark reality. Chances are that at some point, we will face a storm. How can you best prepare yourself for its arrival, making it all the way to the end of the season (November 30) with your sanity intact?

Psychology Today recommends that you take certain steps to shore up your psychological health going into season. These include the following:

¬†1. After ensuring that you’ve protected your home as much as possible, turn your attention to breathing. Deep breathing and even meditation is a great way to calm your nerves.
2. Take a look at what your specific concerns are. Write them down, considering each one carefully. Try to decide which are realistic, then focus on those. Decide which of those you can do something about, then make a plan to address each.
3. If your worries are unrealistic or out of your control, accept them and give your energy to something else.
4. Distraction is key. Psychology Today recommends easy pastimes like watching television or a movie, playing a game, reading a book or cooking.

The best way to stay on top of your mental game during hurricane season is to ensure that you’ve done all you can to protect your home and family. This will leave space for you to then take care of yourself.