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How to Stay Calm When Stress is Upon You [Infographic]

Nothing can compare with the stress the residents of Florida are feeling right now with Hurricane Irma aiming to go right up the middle of the state. As someone who’s lived through 6 hurricanes in her lifetime, the worst one being Andrew in Miami in 1992, you basically have 3 choices when you hear that a hurricane is coming:

  1. Leave – get the heck out of Dodge
  2. Go to a shelter
  3. Stay put, prep, hunker down and hope for the best

The problem with #1 is you need money and a place to stay to do that. It also takes time. There are only so many roads heading north in Florida. Being a peninsula, unless you can fly or take a fast boat, you have to hit the roads – along with millions of other people.

A shelter is good for those living in the coastal areas that are prone to storm surge or live in a mobile home. After Andrew, I helped out with a charity and we visited a mobile home park. It was decimated.

The 3rd choice of boarding up, stocking up and hunkering down is what I did. I parked my car near a baseball field with a concrete building, far from any loose stones, trees or debris and nothing happened to it. Everyone who left their cars in the apartment complex had damage from the decorative pebbles.

After the storm was worse. That’s the stress that people don’t plan for….

  • Living without electricity – all your food goes bad. I waited for 4 hours at a store for ice that melted in 2. Don’t bother. I was 2 weeks without power. After a while you get used to cold showers and tuna fish.
  • The banks won’t be working, neither will the ATMs. It took them several days to have money available for withdrawal.
  • Gas pumps won’t work. If you didn’t fill your gas tank up beforehand, forget it.
  • Where you work may not be open for a while. After Frances and Jeanne in Palm Bay in 2004, many businesses had to close because they did not have flood insurance and they didn’t imagine their businesses would be flooded from driving rain, broken roofs and windows.

That’s just the beginning. 

I’m sure the people of Houston, TX weren’t thinking they would get flooded like they did. Nor the folks losing their homes in the fires out west or in the earthquake in Mexico.

However, if you do know that stress is coming into your life, here are some tips in this cool infographic by Pound Place found on

How to Stay Calm When Stress is Upon You [Infographic]

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Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster? What you need to do to prep…

After watching Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas and Florida,, you can’t help but stop and think, “I am prepared in the event of a natural or manmade disaster?”

I’m not a “prepper” or a “survivalist”, however, I have lived through 6 hurricanes in my lifetime, the worst one being Andrew in Miami. Even if you home fares well, be prepared to live for a few days without power. I was 2 weeks without electricity after Andrews. My one lesson was not to wait for 4 hours at a grocery store for ice that melts in 2. Way not worth it!

Some of the basics that you need to be prepared are…

  • a radio
  • flashlight
  • batteries
  • canned or packaged, nonperishable food (don’t forget the can opener!)
  • small BBQ or camp stove
  • a full tank of gas in your car

Having at least these items will keep you sane, reduce stress and anxiety.

In this infographic from has a complete list to be prepared…

Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster? What you need to do to prep

The best advice I can give in whatever situation you find yourself in is:

Be wise and be safe. 

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By Giselle Aguiar, entrepreneur and hurricane survivor and currently lives in Phoenix, AZ (no hurricanes).

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