What emotional & psychological pressures are facing the Gulf Hurricane survivors?

Hurricane Katrina, Rita or Wilma survivors are likely to face what I refer to as a psychological 'storm' as they go through the instability of moving from shelter to shelter, or temporary housing situation to the risk of losing their temporary housing with no options in sight. This 'storm' will bring more than the dangerous surge of wind and water, because it's an on-going storm of financial chaos, hopelessness, despair, anxiety and possible homelessness.

Some people will press on until they discover a new place to call 'home.' Many others are still numb from their life being wiped out over a weekend in 2005 and are just too exhausted to try again.

If it's true that only the strong survive, then some will grow really strong and bounce back fast and we will call them remarkable and heroic. Sadly for the youngest, oldest and most traumatized it will be just the opposite. They will grow weaker and quieter and some will just give up and wait to die and we won't even notice.

That's why I believe it is essential for people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds to get past the politics of opinion and move forward to show compassion to the weak and wounded any way we can. My colleagues and I have developed a number of psychological coping skills to speed the recovery process in helping people find 'normal' again while rebuilding their life after natural disasters and major crisis events. You can also access trusted relief organizations that have made a positive difference for decades in helping people rebuild stability into their daily life again.

Access dozens of resources at www.StormStress.com where you can find in-depth special reports, useful articles, detailed fact sheets, emotional flow charts and graphics as well as reference links that will help those who want to dig deeper to understand how to spot the most dangerous psychological signs/symptoms, as well as what to do and say to bring stability to those who have lost so much and just need a safe path out of the panic to find peace again.

Here's a positive action to keep your perspective.

Every time you think about the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Rita or Wilma, I encourage you to pray for the tens of thousands of people who are still struggling to rebuild their lives. I hope that reminder will challenge you to move beyond just reading the news to making a positive difference in the lives of people who may not be able to thank you by praying for their safety, security and comfort. It's the right thing for you as well since being compassionate about others will cause you to be more grateful and less stressed about whatever you are facing in your life today, which will make you stronger to face the changes of tomorrow.


Dwight Bain Bio:Author, Nationally Certified Counselor & Certified Family Law Mediator in practice since 1984 with a primary focus on solving crisis events and managing major change. Professional member of the National Speakers Association and Critical Incident Stress Management expert with the Orange County Sheriffs Office, founder of StormStress.com and trainer for over 1,000 business groups on the topic of making strategic change to overcome major stress- both personally & professionally. Access more life coaching strategies at www.DwightBain.com

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