Chennai is reeling with the horror of floods and excessive rains. This is a very difficult time for people as their lives are getting disrupted, their properties and belongings destroyed. Some people have lost their friends and family, and everything else they have. The psychological burdens of such disasters are as enormous as the financial and physical ones.
It can be very disillusioning to go through such trauma and one may forget the basic upkeep required. Following are certain basics you should assure that you have, either on your own or from government and NGO assistance initiatives:
- Food: Make sure you have food and water for at least 3 – 4 days, as the floods can take time to subside, and for shops to reopen. Using the internet, you can find out where is the nearest to get food packets.
- Medical supplies: Make sure you have a medical kit with basic medicines like pain killers, antiseptics and bandages. NGOs are also providing medical help if you need any.
- Do not berate yourself: When you are trapped at home waiting for the flood to subside, it can be a difficult time. All the destruction you see around you and that which you hear on the news can make you feel extremely slow and sad. Feeling hopeless in the face of such a trauma is normal. Do not berate yourself but also believe that it will go. Express your feelings of despair and channelize them through support initiatives. If you cannot actually get out of the house and help, simply giving alerts on the internet or making your house available for people to take refuge in can be helpful. It will also give you a sense of purpose and help you feel that you are doing something to manage the situation.
- Spend time with family:Try spending time with family, doing things together, even if just having tea or a meal together. In times of distress, it can help to count your blessings. Spending quality time with family or friends is a good way to do this.
- Revisit old times: Another tip to help you feel less sad in the wake of such a time is to revisit old times. View old pictures or videos with your family to stir a sense of nostalgia. Thinking of old events also makes you feel that life has both good and bad times and all of them pass, and life resumes.
If you still feel emotional troubles, unexplained aches or pains, inability to get up from the bed and do required things, or flashbacks, you could be suffering from acute stress disorder or post traumatic stress disorder.
To get required help, you can seek the help of online counseling websites like www.ewellnessexpert.com , or call a phone counseling helpline. Make sure to get more help when the floods subside too. Take care of yourself. It is a difficult time, accept that and do what you can, but be assured that this too will pass. Reach out to us for assistance. We will do our best to help you.