Hurricane Fatigue Is A Real Thing

Doesn't it seem like we've been worrying about Hurricane Dorian forever? Maybe not forever, but it's at least 4 years in a row now that we've had to worry about a major storm in the Carolinas.

Days and days of waiting and worrying, uncertainty of where the hurricane will land, and guessing how bad the damage could be can lead to "Hurricane Fatigue."

It's a real thing. Your body experiences an adrenaline rush during hurricane prep. While you're rushing around trying to snap up just one more case of water, trying to figure out who has bread, and getting all your vehicles gassed up, you might feel energized, but later when the adrenaline wears off, the crash happens. You get tired and overwhelmed. Then, toss in being shut up in the house with your entire family and worrying about potential storm damages, and your nerves can get frayed.

Make sure you are paying attention to your body and your mental health.

If you really feel like you need a break, take one and don't feel guilty about it.

Turn off the TV, get off social media, and do something active, or reach out to that friend or family member you've been meaning to catch up with. Getting exercise produces feel-good hormones, and being social can make you feel safe and cared for. Take some time to express your emotions through art, music, or writing. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, deep breathing, or meditation.

Whatever works for you, just remember, you're not alone and there is a light at the end of the storm.

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