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Natural Disasters: 5 Tips to Help Your Relationship Survive the Aftermath

Today I woke up to a television screen filled with so much heartbreak. The devastation Hurricane Sandy has caused will likely be felt for some time as people work to pick up the pieces of their livelihood. While many of you will make the extra effort to be there for your children answering their questions, despite probably having so many unanswered questions yourself, comforting them and assuring them that things will be okay, it is important that you and your spouse come together and be there for one another too.  For those who are single my hope is that you have a loved one that you can lean on during this time.

As many of you go through the grieving process while holding on to your sense of gratitude knowing that your most prized possessions are hopefully still here — your family, now is the time to come together as you find the courage and the strength to look ahead.

As you seek to rebuild all that was lost during a time that might feel like the end hold on to your love and commitment to one another and your family. According to About.com, there are several things that you can do to help get through the difficult time that follows a natural disaster.

Here are five tips to help you and your spouse get through the aftermath of a natural disaster:

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  • Grieve 1 of 5
    Grieve
    Allow yourselves to grieve while realizing the manner in which you grieve may be different for each of you.
  • Touch 2 of 5
    Touch
    Embrace one another, kiss, hold hands. Touch can be comforting to you and your loved one.
  • Talk 3 of 5
    Talk
    Share what you are feeling with your spouse but also be willing to listen. Give them an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with you.
  • Accept Help 4 of 5
    Accept Help
    You might feel alone but you don't have to be. Accept help from neighbors, friends, your community, and most importantly from each other.
  • Celebrate 5 of 5
    Celebrate
    For many families our traditions help maintain the connection we have with one another. Continue to acknowledge the events that have always been important to you and your loved ones even if it means slightly adjusting the manner in which you would normally do so.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with those of you who have been impacted by this storm. More tips here.

For those of you who have experienced natural disasters or have some tips of your own please leave them in the comments section.

 

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