Ask Away...: What To Do When Disaster Strikes

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What To Do When Disaster Strikes

There are a lot of problems in life that could befall us when we’re least expecting it. From job losses to unexpected bereavements to injuries to car accidents, no matter how prepared we think we are, we’re never prepared enough. Luckily there are a few things you can do in any difficult situation to make it just a little easier on yourself and your loved ones.

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Keep Communicating
Everyone reacts to stress in different ways. Some people clam up and find it very difficult to talk to others, while some people get angry and frustrated and start to lash out. The one thing that almost everyone has in common is that not many people tend to react to difficult circumstances in ways that are always one hundred percent healthy and productive. If something rough is going on in your life, make sure that you take plenty of deep breaths before losing your temper. People simply can’t understand what you’re going through unless they’ve lived through similar situations and it’s important for you to remember that. If people offer to help you, you should absolutely take them up on it - ask them to do your laundry, to make you dinner, to babysit your kids. Real friends and your best and closest family members will leap at the chance to do something to help.

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Talk To The Professionals
No matter what’s happened, you probably aren’t an expert on it so it’s important to talk to people who are. If you have a loved one who’s in the hospital make sure that you keep talking to their doctors about what exactly is going on so you’re up to date with what’s happening. If you’ve been in a car accident, make sure that you talk to a car accident lawyer to see if there’s any compensation that you might be entitled to, particularly if you’re unable to work for some time because of your injuries. Finally, remember that there’s no shame in seeking mental health help if you’re going through a difficult time. Anyone who can help you deal with your emotions well will be a huge help in your life - a counsellor might just be exactly what you and your loved ones need.

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Keep Track Of Your Finances
Finally, it’s important to keep track of your bank account - money goes down even when the rest of your life is full of chaos and difficulty and if you can’t work for a period of time then you might need to cut back in some areas. Keep talking to your accountant or bank manager about what exactly is going on so that they can help you manage it. If you’re having problems managing then why not set up a JustGiving account? Crowd funding could help you until you’re back on your feet. Finally, make sure that you start to cut back on non essentials like takeaway coffee and so on - focus on what’s really important like making sure that your rent and bills get paid.

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