I’m currently living in Southern Mexico where we’ve had 3 substantial earthquakes in the past couple of weeks. At the same time, my boys are with in Florida (with their dad) and had to evacuate for Hurricane Irma which was forecasted to hit the west coast of Florida where we live. Then there was Hurricane Maria that impacted the islands in the Caribbean and I know so many families who are from PR and have family and friends there or grew up there.
Before that, there was Hurricane Harvey that is still causing substantial problems for the Houston, Texas area of the US. At the same time, the Pacific Northwest is on fire and probably will be until the new year. It seems like a LOT of families are struggling right now with one natural disaster or another.
I’ve done a series of blog posts and a Facebook Live that you might find helpful to get your family through the stressors of these natural disasters. I also have an on-demand course called When the Unexpected Happens that I’m putting on sale right now. It’s another resource that can be very helpful during times like these. (If you need it and are trying to put your family and your life back together because of a natural disaster, please send me an email and I’ll work with you to make sure that you have what you need.)
I’m also offering some free sessions for families in need right now, so reach out if you need it. I’m here to help support you and your family. Just reply to this email.
Related blog posts:
Rebecca shares 9 tips to help protect the emotional well-being of your family while you’re taking care of their physical well-being in anticipation of a hurricane. This particular article is really good to help you prepare before the event, but also has some of the guiding ideas to help you understand what children need to prepare for anything that’s big and scary. For kids of all ages, including you!
Now that the storm is over, how can you support your family’s emotional health? This article talks more about talking to your kids, creating the safe space to help them process their feelings and experience, which may have been completely different than yours.
Be proactive. The reality is that, at one time or another, we’ll all probably experience something big in our lives, whether it is a hurricane, another natural disaster, or something else that wasn’t expected. We don’t have to wait until our children show signs of distress to try to help them. There’s so much we can do as things are happening and immediately after to lessen the impact of those experiences. By the time anyone qualifies for a clinical diagnosis, it’s at least 4-6 weeks after symptoms have appeared and that can mean a lot of suffering before anyone even begins to get help. And the kind of help that is offered is usually not integrative help that addresses the cause, but band-aids to alleviate symptoms.
This article helps you to discover what you can do now to support yourself and your family.
Hurricanes, Fires and Floods was recorded LIVEon September 20, but you can still listen in to the wisdom and support of this free video to help you support your family.
When the Unexpected Happens is a series I created a number of years ago. It is composed of about 4 hours of information for supporting yourself through unexpected events, and about 4 hours of information for supporting your children. This is an excellent resource for families who are experiencing loss, stress, emotional upsets and just all around difficulties after the storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, or whatever is happening in your personal life. It is about anything that is unexpected and turns things upside down.
It’s normally $77, but with the coupon code IRMA, it’s only $37 until Wednesday, October 4.