Experiencing a natural disaster, such as a flood, severe storm, earthquake, or fire, can be immensely stressful and scary. It can also take a great toll on your mental health and wellbeing.
Everyone responds differently in these situations and at their own pace, too. It’s important to remember that feeling all sorts of emotions in difficult situations is absolutely normal and human. You could be experiencing a range of physical reactions, too – feeling shaky, queasy, having no appetite, or struggling to concentrate. During the natural disaster and in its aftermath, some of us will be running on adrenaline, trying to get through each moment. Others may feel helpless, confused, and not know what to do. Whatever you’re feeling, know that it’s perfectly okay – you’re not alone, and you’re doing the best you can right now.
Unexpected and scary events can also make us feel like we have little control. If you’re feeling out of sorts right now, there are things you can do to regain that sense of control and improve your wellbeing. Here are some tips you might find helpful:
Kei roto I te pōuri, te marama e whiti ana. Through perseverance and hope, we will overcome.