Heidi Hanna Shares Tips for Navigating Stress in Midst of Storms

Navigating Stress after a StormIt seems like natural disasters are happening on a more regular basis and while we spend a lot of time talking about keeping ourselves safe before and during a storm, we loved seeing these tips on how to navigate the often long road of rebuilding and healing after the storm has passed–including some much-needed perspective from Generation W speaker Dr. Heidi Hanna.

“When our brains perceive that we don’t have enough resources to cope with our current demands, it triggers a cascade of reactions and rampant hormones in the body designed to help us short term to run away or fight off danger. However, if we don’t mobilize these reactions in some way to turn into a positive direction, they [end] up flooding our system for too long and become toxic,” says Dr. Hanna in an interview with Newsmax Health.

Some key ways to recover from a storm:


  • Focus on what is in your control.
  • Look for the positive in every situation.
  • See how you are helping and believe that you and your colleagues are doing the absolute best that they can at this time.
  • Before going to sleep, think about or write down all of the victories you witnessed or were part of that day.
  • Talk to someone about how you are feeling. “One of the biggest mistakes we make when dealing with difficult emotions is to minimize them or push them down,” says Dr. Hanna.
  • Write letters or keep a journal to help process the trauma of your experience.
  • Make a list of what you are grateful for and add to it every day. When you are feeling low, refer to the list.
  • Focus on your purpose for the relief efforts, and on your overall purpose in life. This will give you the inspiration to continue.
  • Remember the “big picture” while handling the little details of the day.
  • Ask yourself why you are alive and then discover how to help someone in need.
  • Have faith and trust that many good things will come out of this disaster. If you are so inclined, pray, or engage in other practices that calm the mind, such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.


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