Severe Weather & Anxiety

severe weather and anxiety

This week, we’re talking about severe weather & anxiety. With Ian on its way, we are all scrambling to figure out not only the logistics but also the anxiety that goes along with that.

Anticipating the arrival of a hurricane, or any severe storm strikes fear and anxiety in the people in its path for very good reason. Natural disasters disrupt lives in significant ways, including creating physical and mental health problems and major economic challenges. And the never-ending news about a storm’s arrival may increase your anxiety, stress, and fear.

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Severe Weather & Anxiety

Here are some tips to help you take care of your own mental health, as well as your family’s before and after a storm.


It’s only natural to feel scared, anxious, and nervous. Recognize your emotions and try these tips to alleviate your anxiety.

  • Create a plan — A well-prepared plan for your family can help reduce anxiety and chaos before, during, and afterward. Make an evacuation plan and compile preparedness kits. Get tips from the Red Cross.
  • Be informed — Stay up-to-date on weather information and warnings. If you’re aware of the latest information, you may gain a sense of control over the situation.
  • Talk it out — Share your fears with family members, friends, a counselor, or others who can offer emotional support.
  • Find out more on how to strengthen your emotional well-being before the storm.
  • Accept what you can’t control — Nobody can control the path of a storm or its damage. And excessive worrying that one may hit you will not change anything except your emotional well-being.

Take tips from the Mayo Clinic* for talking to kids about weather-related anxiety:

  • Be calm and supportive. Tell children that thunder won’t hurt them. Explain that storms are a normal part of nature.
  • Talk about storms matter-of-factly. Some kids may seem afraid of storms, but they’re really interested in learning more about them.
  • Allow children to face their fears by gradually helping them learn they can handle a fear and other uncertainties of life on their own.
  • Help children face their fear of storms by reading about them or watching videos of tornadoes, hurricanes, and other big storms.
  • If the anxiety doesn’t diminish, or if it begins to create greater stress for the child or the parent, get the assistance of a mental health professional.

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If You Need More Support

The therapists at Waters Edge Counseling are well-versed and experienced in dealing with anxiety. We know this is a frightening time. Please reach out to us for help. You can email us or call at 912.319.5552 – stay safe, friends.