As the North Qld coast prepares itself for the arrival of Cyclone Debbie there are many residents facing this situation for the first time. Townsville is a transient city with new people arriving each year, many of whom have never experienced a cyclone before, and we need to do our best to put their minds at ease and help our neighbours through the next 48 hours or so.
There are also many seasoned locals who still suffer anxiety during times of storm activity, no matter how many times they’ve been through it before. We need to acknowledge that not everyone is ready to just cruise through it and for many this is a very stressful time.
Here are some suggestions of ways you can ease your anxiety during a cyclone.
Remember the adult
Crank up your
Cyclones are noisy and have been compared to
Notoriously one of the best things you can do for anxiety and stress
If you know that you are well prepared before the cyclone hits, then that is sure to help the feelings of nervousness when the wind starts up. Believe in your own strength and resourcefulness! You’ve got this, you’re ready and you’re safe.
Talk out loud
When anxiety starts to amp up and you feel on the edge of a panic attack, then start
Try not to be alone
If you can, stay with family, friends or neighbours and take comfort in the old adage “there’s safety in numbers”. Have pets? Bring them inside with you. Their presence will help give you comfort. And trying to keep them calm will give you something else to focus on rather than the storm.
Cyclone Debbie is due to cross over us during the day. Use the daylight to your advantage and have your favourite book handy. Choose a book that you can ‘get lost in’ to provide the perfect distraction.
Dehydration can cause a whole host of unpleasant side effects and while it may not cause anxiety directly, it can make the symptoms of anxiety feel much worse. Be aware of your water intake as hydration will help keep your mind clear.
Above suggestions are given as a guide only and Townsville Women makes no guarantee of individual results.