What to do if you have PTSD in Thunderstorms...
Did you know that almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off a person’s alarm bells.
SERVPRO of Guelph offers these guides to coping with PTSD during storms:
The best strategy is to be prepared.
- Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
- Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm
- Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs.
During a Thunderstorm...
- Slow down your breathing
- Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
- Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
- Talk with someone you trust
All of this can be compounded if the storm generates damage to your home or office. Sometimes flooding occurs, while other times you may spring a leak. If this happens, give SERVPRO of Guelph a call and we can make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”