The Emotional Toll of A Natural Disaster

Managing Real Estate Broker with Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury TREC #547752

The Emotional Toll of A Natural Disaster

Hurrican Harvey

The entire world is focused on the devastation taking place in my beloved state of Texas.  I was born in Houston and lived in the area for 40 years. Now as a resident of North Texas, I can only watch from afar the devastation that is taking place. There is a helpless feeling as we hear from friends and family battling the ravages of the storm and historic flooding.


The rescue stories are prolific and ongoing. Watching tiny babies as well as the ederly trying to be evacuated is tough to watch. Through all of this, the area braces for yet more predicted rainfall.  People are weary, in shock and  are absolutely numb.


Obviously, mental fatigue and exhaustion setting in. This is true for those of us watching from afar.  Being able to deal with it is essential. Listening to your body is key. 


Here are a few tips when dealing with the mental exhaustion after a natural disaster:

  1. Allow yourself time to grieve. No matter how emotionally strong you are, these types of events take their toll on everyone.
  2. Monitor your children. They too are affected and may not know how to deal with it.
  3. Seek out professional help when you need to.
  4. Diversion such as pitching in to volunteer to help others is an excellent way to take your mind off of you own crisis. Amazingly, being around others that you are able to help is extremely healing.
  5. Try and get plenty of rest. In fact, you may find that you need more rest than normal as you are mentally exhausted.
  6. Eat well and nurture yourself. We get physically ill when we ignore our own needs.
  7. Through the storms, hang on to the things in life that you are grateful for. Re-focusing your thoughts can do a world of good.
  8. It is OK to cry! Let it out!
  9. Talk to others. Hearing from friends and family can really help.
  10. Don't lose hope. Hang on to your faith, your friends and your family!


Sending love and hope and prayers to everyone in Texas who are directly and indireclty affected.  Help is on the way.  Be smart and be safe.

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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Excellent tips.  I have been watching the coverage almost all day and I'm just stunned at how bad it is.  I mean, I KNOW they kept saying "historic" and unprecedented before it hit, but I couldn't wrap my head around how that would actually look.

What stands out, though, are all the videos of neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers...I saw a video earlier of a gentleman at a gas station, with his boat, coming in from out of town, saying he was just coming to "help save lives."  

THIS is what America looks like - or should look like. I'm impressed with the fortitude and attitude of Texans - I hope things continue in this vein as everyone tries to grapple with what comes next. 

Aug 27, 2017 06:20 PM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Congratulations, you've been featured in Bananatude!

Aug 27, 2017 06:21 PM #2
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you so much for the feature in Bannatude! My heart is hurting so much right now for all of my peeps.

Aug 27, 2017 06:24 PM #3
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Paula, I've been thinking of you and our other Texas friends during this huge storm, praying for minimal loss of life and soon a time for rebuilding.

Aug 27, 2017 06:59 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Paula- I feel your pain. I was born in Houston and lived there until I was 37. I still consider myself a Houstonian. My family is there as are my friends. It has been so hard to watch the devastation and yet uplifting to see the spirit of Houston shine. 

Aug 30, 2017 08:49 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Prayers to everybody and blessings to everyone and well wishes to everyone involved in all areas. Love and light!

Aug 30, 2017 11:15 PM #6
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