Summer is my 2nd favorite time of the year. It’s warm and sunny and my struggle with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is given a respite. Winter in my neck of the woods is pretty cold and gray, so spring and summer are a welcome change. But there is one thing about living in the midwest during the summer that I don’t enjoy: severe weather that turns into tornadoes.
Now being a grown woman and considering the number of tornado watches and warnings I’ve lived through that didn’t actually turn into a swirling vortex of destruction, you’d think by now I’d be used to the weather and able to cope without anxiety. You’d be wrong. However, I have learned a few things through the years that have helped me ride out the storm, so to speak. Today I share them with you.
1. When the weather gets a bit dicey, find a distraction that will still enable you to be tuned to the weather. Nowadays, weather stations do a great job at conveying severe weather over social media or via phone text. So put in a funny movie, make sure your phone is nearby and keep a tab on FB or twitter. 9 times of our 10, the watches/warnings will expire without much fan-fare.
2. If you can’t stand the thought of being alone during a storm, invite a neighbor or nearby friend over and have a storm party! Having someone with you can help alleviate some anxiety and help pass the time.
3. Make sure your devices are sufficiently charged. Phone and computer. Do this when you know the storm is gonna hit, but hasn’t quite yet. This way if the worst happens, you’ll have a distraction, and will be able to call loved ones later.
4. Decide where you’re safe place will be and make it comfy. If you don’t live where there is a basement, the next safest place will be a room without windows-normally a bathroom. Grab a blanket, pillow, a good book, flashlight, your computer (off the power cord), phone, a bottle of water or two and fun snack-y type items. Then hunker down. If the electricity goes out, your computer will still provide a distraction. If that fails, crack open your book, use your flashlight and read aloud. Reading aloud may seem funny, but it really helps to drown out the sounds from outside. Worst case scenario, grab your mattress and get into the bath tub with your book and flashlight. Read aloud until the storm ends.
The most important thing to remember is this: 9 times out of 10 the weather will pass without much drama. But if in the rare event it happens to be that 10, remember this sage piece of advice: if you see a woman with green skin accompanied by flying monkey’s, dump that extra water bottle on her head and click your heels three times!
*Good ol’ Jupiter helping us in tornado alley get some perspective appears courtesy of: www.quickmeme.com