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Post Sandy Stress Syndrome

I live amidst downed trees, glaring makeshift street lights powered up by generators and discarded Sandy-soaked possessions. I am one of the lucky ones. I got my electrical power back after two weeks. However, the utility company in many ways transformed into a futility company.

Meanwhile all around me life is evident in the rebuilding process. My neighbors are ripping out basement walls to ward off mold, fixing roofs while adapting to cold and darkness since many wonít have power for another few weeks. You can smell the stress in the air. Sadness pervades an entire coastal community even if some people have generators and did not get flooded. It is hard to celebrate when your neighbor is crestfallen. Yet it is important to feel joy in small successes.

People are edgy waiting on line at the local pharmacy. Some are cutting gas lines or lining up with an odd license plate on an even day. Itís not that they are selfish or feeling entitled to better service. I believe that they are stressed. It is easier to vent about waiting on a long line or cutting ahead of others to beat the system than dealing with a fundamental loss or grief.

Symptoms of Stress to Watch Out For:
How do you cope when your utility company is a futility company Ė when you have little control over your environment?
For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show



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