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Self-Care in times of high stress

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Natural disasters, such as flooding, can cause a lot anxiety and stress for those affected directly and indirectly. 

Many common reactions to floods or other natural disasters may include:

Disbelief and shock,

Fear and anxiety,

Feeling powerless,

Sadness and depression,

Irritability and anger,

Headaches, stomach pain,

Increased use of alcohol and other drugs. 

It is very normal to struggle with these feelings before, during, and after a flood. Here are some ways to help you cope: Connect with friends and family, taking care of yourself by maintaining a routine, and getting plenty of rest and water. Also try to do what you enjoy by going for a walk or doing an activity to feel connected with yourself. 

If you feel your feelings are too strong for you to cope, you may want to speak with a medical or mental health professional. 

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