Waiting out a hurricane is no joke. The anticipation alone is bad enough, especially if you are new to Florida, but when the storm moves in keeping the nervous system in check and or getting effective rest can be difficult.
Here are 7 tips and points to help with the anxiety, and of course do keep safe everyone!
Do all you can to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. Have several days to a week's supply of water and food that will not require refrigeration. Assure you have plenty of medication, fill up the car with gas and keep batteries and a battery-operated radio handy.
Consider putting together a hurricane kit and decide on an evacuation plan in case the worst becomes reality. Here are several guides to consult for further tips and suggestions on preparing for a hurricane:
- StateofFlorida.com: The Essential Guide to Hurricane Preparedness
- FloridaDisaster.org: Preparing for the 2022 Hurricane Season
- Florida Connects: How to Prepare for a Hurricane in Florida
- Ready.gov: Hurricanes
- Fox Weather: New to Florida? Here’s a guide to help prepare for your first hurricane season
2. Charge up
Keep the batteries in your phone, laptop computers and other such devices fully charged so that if the power goes out at least it will have enough juice to last a while. If the power does go out, try to keep the screen light off as much as possible, as this burns up the battery the most.
Music has many healing properties. Put together a playlist of calming music and/or favorite feel-good songs on YouTube, iTunes or whatever music player you use. Create stations of similar music on Pandora.
If you play music, tune up the guitar, dust off the piano, etc. Playing music is incredibly calming as well. I play the piano a little myself, so I can attest to this.
Reading an engrossing book can certainly take the mind off things. Choose a few titles to ride out the hurricane. Printed books are great... no electricity required.
I love Audible too, though. I'm not affiliated in anyway, just a happy user. Download books well in advance in case the internet goes out.
Once a title is downloaded there's no need for an internet connection. You can also shut the device's screen light off and it will still play, which will save the battery from draining too much.
5. Calming mechanisms
There are many calming mechanisms that can be employed when feeling stressed or anxious.
Mindfulness/meditation exercise. It works for some, but not for others. I get that. I personally love the practice of mindfulness though, and it works incredibly well when I'm feeling stressed out.
- Love Dr. Wayne Dyer and his teachings. I've read several of his books and there are many helpful articles on his blog, such as this one: "4 Powerful Habits to Clear Your Mind During Meditation". Also check out this great lesson and lovely story of 'inner calm' via "An Airport Parable."
- The website tinybuddha.com has many great lessons to keep an anxious mind at bay, like this one: "19 Techniques to Calm a Highly Sensitive Nervous System."
- There are many examples and tips on meditation and mindfulness exercise to be found via a google search. I personally like this one. Also, isolating the senses down to just one is something I find effective and practice often.
6. Keep the mind occupied
As long as the storm isn't getting too crazy of course, and there's no need to evacuate, there are plenty of things that can serve to occupy the mind: crafting, painting, playing cards or board games with the fam, etc.
My favorite mind-occupying endeavor is writing of course, and while I usually write on my laptop, I have pen and paper as a backup.
Exercise, dance, laugh... keep the body happy and the mind calm, and vice versa.
7. Stay connected
Stay connected with friends and family as much as possible and let them know you are safe.
Stay safe Florida!
What do you do to stay calm and ride out the storm?