The endless images of flooded homes and tornado destruction coupled with repeated warnings of what seems like potential doom and gloom can cause people to feel like the world is closing in and there’s nothing they can do about it.
Seriously can't stand this damn Texas weather right now!!!and I officially hate rain now!!!— Jay Pati (@SamoanSavage37) May 15, 2015
Often people under stress feel physically and mentally drained, get frustrated more quickly and more often.Approximately 45 tornadoes of various strengths have hit Texas in the last month. I am really tired of violent weather here now.— Melissa Patterson (@melissap5405) May 21, 2015
But there are some things people can do to cope with events over which they have no control.
For instance, during stressful times it’s important to eat properly and maintain a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and get some rest.
Staying connected with friends and family is important because getting support reduces that feeling of being alone.
Another tip is to be patient with those around you and recognize that everyone is stressed and may need time to put their feelings and thoughts in order.
Remain positive and remember having successfully gone through other tough times and reach out when support is needed and help others when they need it.