This Thursday, October 15 marks the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. As you can read in this article about the hidden mental health impacts of extreme weather events, many people affected by the storm will experience distress and anxiety in response to both the anniversary and to our changing climate. If in moderation, this is a healthy, normal response. A feeling of fear reminds us to be vigilant. Too much fear, on the other hand, can be paralyzing.

However, every time a storm is just a storm, our nervous system re-learns that the impact of Hurricane Sandy was an anomaly; that, in fact, most storms are simply defined by lots of rain and wind; and that most storms just pass through. This is a good lesson for us to re-learn. It allows us to re-engage with what’s important to us.If you notice that this anniversary and/or this season’s storms are causing you to lose your emotional footing, call us. We’re here for you.