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With the obvious exception of an earthquake, it is generally not accurate to say that natural disasters strike without warning.
But even though most people caught in a hurricane, flood, tornado, or wildfire usually have some chance to prepare for the coming calamity, the changes these tempests can bring are still dramatic and traumatic.
No matter how well-prepared someone
thinks they are when something wicked this way comes, natural
disasters are truly a spin of the roulette wheel, and when natureís
fickle agents of destruction arrive, they could decide to drop the
hammer on anyone.
Survivors of disaster go through a whole
range of feelings and emotions, and if they do not take care of
themselves or acknowledge everything they have been through, they
can soon find themselves drowning in a sea of depression and
Included in this trail of tears are the
broken souls and spirits of those who in an instant have lost their
possessions, their homes, their pets, and in some instances, people
they knew and cared about. Natural disasters are traumatic events,
and those who live through them experience a number of symptoms that
are familiar to those who have been through war or have been the
victims of a crime.
Traumatic events rock people to the core
emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, financially, and
socially. They leave chaos and ruin where before had stood safe and
secure homesteads, and a daunting, open-ended life rebuilding
process where before there had been stability.
But once the adrenalin of the moment wears off, survivors are likely to experience a raft of negative symptoms, which could include:
These are typical reactions to extreme stress.
In addition to these psychologically based responses, those who have gone through a shocking and traumatic event can also experience symptoms of physical illness such as,
There is one thing about all of this that is very important to realize, and that is that these reactions are entirely normal in the face of a world-shattering event.
It is only when such symptoms persist
for months instead of weeks that there is a serious problem that may
need to be addressed.
Not only are they incredibly vulnerable because of everything they have gone through, but there may also be a tremendous amount of work that has to be done to rebuild their lives and the lives of their families. These are times that push men and women to the breaking point, but they are also the times where people need to be strong, resilient, and determined not be beaten by the dark destructive forces of nature.
Therefore, it is critically important that people take steps to help themselves get over what has happened and get on with their lives as quickly as possible.
What they are feeling is natural, and no
one should be beating themselves up because of they are not at their
best in those terrible moments following a disaster. But at the same
time, disaster victims canít afford to just sit back and wait for
those disabling symptoms to subside on their own.
Without that purpose, the human soul withers and dies, but when they have something that gives their life real meaning, people can accomplish amazing and inspiring things.
Unfortunately, modern psychology has not followed Dr. Franklís example, and instead of studying those who thrive to uncover their secrets, they have continued to concentrate on mental dysfunction and disability, looking for answers where things have gone wrong instead of where they have gone right.
For natural disaster victims, only a
positive approach will help, and making it through the dark times
requires them to stay completely focused on things that can give
their lives meaning and purpose.
Finding Your Inner
Light in Times of Darkness
How we choose to deal with that suffering, however, is entirely up to us. If we take responsibility for healing ourselves, then we can make it through a tornado, flood, earthquake, hurricane, or wildfire with our dignity and our inner strength intact.
Natural disasters can destroy our
possessions, but they can only destroy our souls if we let them.