Sharon Clime, an Elite DNA Behavioral Health Therapist, sheds light on the issue of mental health during hurricane season and talks about the challenges that individuals, even native Floridians, face during hurricane season.
The looming threat of storms brewing in the tropics can trigger anxiety and stress for many.
As the peak of hurricane season unfolds, the memories of past storms, such as Hurricane Idalia at the end of August and Ian last year, may continue to haunt the minds of those affected.
The emotional toll of these events can be hard to shake, leaving many feeling stressed and exhausted. In such trying times, it’s essential to recognize that these feelings are shared and that support is available.
Clime offers valuable advice for coping with these emotions. She emphasizes the importance of not isolating oneself or becoming overly consumed with every detail related to tropical storms.
While staying informed is crucial, it’s equally vital not to become hyper-fixated on the news or inundate oneself with multiple angles of coverage.
Instead, Clime encourages individuals to take time for self-care, whether it’s reading a book or engaging in family activities.
Mental Health During Hurricane Season
Recognizing the signs of distress in hurricane survivors or those struggling with the aftermath is equally important.
Clime advises looking out for behaviors such as isolation and the discussion of nightmares or flashbacks. If these signs are present, seeking professional help, such as therapy, is essential.
Clime underscores that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can emerge from various experiences, not just combat-related ones, highlighting the importance of awareness and support.
In the face of the emotional challenges posed by hurricane season, Clime’s insights serve as a reminder that individuals do not have to navigate their mental health journey alone.
Whether seeking solace in self-care or reaching out for professional assistance, there are resources and strategies available to help individuals cope with the stress and anxiety that can accompany the threat of hurricanes.
As the season progresses, it’s crucial to prioritize mental health and well-being, fostering resilience and unity within communities affected by these natural disasters.