One of my major triggers is storms. Even though I have survived 40 years of tornado seasons here in Oklahoma, I still have major anxiety every time a storm hits.
I realize that I cannot control the weather. I know that there is nothing I can do about it, except let it happen and that’s the part that kills me. The lack of control. It’s not that I want to control the storms, either.
I am scared of taking my medication during the storms as it zones me out and I am terrified that I just won’t be able to get to a safe place quickly enough. I don’t want my judgement to be impaired.
So, one of the things that I decided to do, to help ease the anxiety and keep myself from having to deal with an extra crazy in my head during natural disasters, was install a storm shelter. Having a storm shelter on my property makes me feel like I have more control of the situation. I did a lot of research on them, because I wanted to make sure I had the right choice and the one I picked was from Tornado Safe. It wasn’t easy to choose, as there was so many small variations. In the end, it was the customer service that won me over. Anxiety filled people need to be soothed and tey did that.
Having the storm shelter in my garage makes me feel like I do have some control over my life, even in the unpredictable moments. Even though doing something like this may notbe the best thing in the world to do for anxiety, according to my therapist, it’s stopped my nightmares and fears every time it starts to rain. I set up a little cot down there and every time I get too worried, my dog Chief and I go to the shelter and sleep. It helps. Not just the feeling of being safe from the storm, but for the first time in many years I feel completely safe. There. I needed that and I think it will help me in the long run. Safety was something I needed more tan anything.