By: Bron Maxabella
Just when you thought you’d reached your limit, life throws more unexpected challenges at you. How can you get through it?
For many, life isn’t easy at the moment. The floods have devastated parts of NSW and QLD, and while it might be having a hiatus from front-page news for a minute, COVID is still raging.
If you’re in the middle of dealing with flood damage, a struggling business or any other challenge, you may be feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. If you can relate, then the following could be a good way to help you navigate through this difficult time.
1. Take a moment
As humans, often our instinct is to plough straight in and take action to fix whatever we’re facing, but that might not be the best approach. Instead, consider taking a moment to assess the bigger picture and make a plan—you’re likely to feel more in control once you’ve got a proper plan in place.
Once you’ve started actioning your plan, remember to periodically take time to reassess, recalibrate, and rest.
2. Look after yourself
Taking care of yourself is the best and most important thing you can do in any stressful situation. When you feel physically well and have a good mindset, you’re generally better equipped to deal with whatever comes your way. If possible, try to eat a nutrient-dense diet, take time to exercise, practise daily mindfulness, and allow yourself the opportunity to sleep well.
3. Trust that you’ll be okay
When going through a challenging time, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You need to trust that you’ll get there.
Remember, you don’t have to shoulder burdens alone, keep your social connections strong and check-in with a neighbour, a friend, or family. If you find you are struggling emotionally, don’t endure it alone, make sure you talk to someone or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
4. Dealing with insurance claims
Whenever you’re dealing with any kind of insurance claim, gathering evidence and acting quickly may put you in a good position for a swift outcome:
5. Sort out the financials
While your money might be the furthest thing from your mind during a time like this, organising your finances will give you one less thing to worry about. If you have an emergency fund, now is the time to dip into it to get yourself what you need.
If you don’t have enough funds to support yourself and your family right now, you can access financial assistance from a number of organisations including: