CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – The high winds the spring season brings causes many who experienced the derecho to feel anxious.
Adrianne Korbakes, mobile crisis outreach program manager says the storm caused people to lose their homes and face extensive property damage.
Therefore, many fear it will happen again.
“Because you had such a negative experience is your body trying to protect you, so first of all just understanding that this is a very normal reaction,” Korbakes said.
The pandemic is an added layer to stress.
“Some people have kind of lost some of their support systems as we’ve had to quarantine and not be able to go out in the public as much, [and] the loss of things with the derecho,” Korbakes said,
“I think really to cope with all of that it kind of just goes back to good mental health care.”
Grounding exercises can help with feelings of anxiety.
- Focus on breathing
- Look around the room and identify objects by color
- Think about what is in your fridge
Methods to keep the mind on the present moment can help people cope with weather-related anxiety.
In addition, sleep, exercise, healthy eating and creating a routine are ways to improve mental health.
Those in crisis can contact Foundation 2’s mobile crisis outreach team or call their 24/7 crisis hotline at 1-800-332-4224.