Hurricane Maria

September 2017 was the beginning of many things for the citizens of Puerto Rico. The wake of two supernatural monstrous hurricanes left the island in awe and not in a positive way. The destruction of crops, houses, lands, fields, water and electricity grids, telecommunication channels, antennas and more left us the people who stayed without many necessities like gas, food, power and water, communications and those where the lucky half. The other half, the ones who live hours away from the city, the capital got it so much worse. They were left without the same necessities, clean river and lake water, roofs over their heads, cars and streets to drive out of the wrecked town.

 

In the efforts to help the recovery of the island after this unprecedented situation that some say God forced upon us. I’m not a big believer in god himself as you may already know and especially in this types of situation. I don’t believe there’s a god that would save some and sacrifice others, it just doesn’t make sense. Either way, whether it was god, bad luck, global warming, we are all in the same boat and we all stood to help one another. Thousands of volunteers independent or organization driven took part of the recovery of the island. Supplies were sent and were distributed and little by little some cities were better than others, others were forgotten. Fear, danger, crime and wariness ravaged those forgotten cities. They were left for last, without power, water or supplies.

 

Fast forward to two months from September and more than half of the island still lacks electricity, only 60% of telecommunications have been restored, there is only one internet company working and providing service, 30% of the island still lacks access to clean filtered water and there’s basically no gas to cook with our camping gas stoves.

 

All this facts later and I don’t know if its ignorance or that people have grown accustomed to their new situation but the conversation about the island and its livelihood has died down and we are more focused on events like black Friday, when will certain shops, restaurants and stores re open that the overwhelming reality that faces our island and its citizens everyday.

 

We need to reroute the conversation.

 

 

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Stress Habits

5-Ways-to-Manage-Your-Election-Stress-Disorder-1440x810.jpgIf you have watched the news lately and you know that I am Puertorrican, living in Puerto Rico, you would know that about a month and a half ago my home, my island, my peace was struck with a category 5 hurricane which basically left my island in shambles (I still don’t have electricity btw.). Thank you Jesus, me and my family are okay, our home is too and my dog babies didn’t even realized what happened because they slept through the whole thing. That said, I still clearly been in a lot of stress, specially now that I’m back in school and work full time (yep! school full time, work full time) and with that, no electricity situation going on, well it kind of adds to it, a lot! 

There are different kind of stresses and stressors in life, emotional, physical, work related, school related, future uncertainty stress (talking to us, millennials!) and with all those stress factores there are not as many stress canalizing techniques, that actually work or we are willing to pay for or even try.

The stress I’m currently facing is “I can’t control anything, what is my life? an autobiography by me” stress and the only way I can get this 10 thousand pound chip of my shoulder is to, you guessed it, shop. Max out my credit card. Stop eating for a week because I needed that skirt? Ha! Of course I did, because I can control it, I can control how  I wear it (if I ever do), when I wear it and it just makes me feel in control of my life, for about a couple days until I wear it, the bliss dies and I’m left with a maxed out credit card that I have no idea how I’m going to pay back.

So, maybe you, my reader, my friend, have healthy ways of de-stressing but I don’t and my stress relief actually end up giving me more stress (like writing this article about stress, is making me stress).

Emotional? Work out until I can’t breath and begin to hate myself because I didn’t achieve to get abs on those 42 hours I was fighting with my boyfriend and lived in the gym. School? Netflix binge until I pass out sleep drunk and consider all the ways I can save the semester before the professor hands my grade back to me. Work? Pretend like nothing is wrong because you are a boss who doesn’t know what to do and is seriously freaked out about how you are going to pay the bills you don’t have with this job you don’t love. Shall I continue?

 

So, point being; I’m on my way to figuring out how to find healthy and actual working stress relief techniques that I can do from home. Techniques that empower me and make me feel like everything is ok. So, if you have ideas please feel free to comment below and I will try them.

So far, (i know, it will sound cheesy, bare with me) I have chosen to live day by day, focus on myself first, work hard, work out harder and eliminate toxic and negative energies from my life (bullies and people who just cloud your aura). Hey! I told you it was cheesy! But I think is a perfect way to start because being healthy in the inside (body and brain) and outside (body and surroundings) will make you feel overall better about yourself and thats how you start to destress by making yourself feel better and in control of your overall health!

So lets try and practice self love and figure out other amazing and actually working techniques to lower our stress levels while also helping each other grow and evolve into the person who we think we may never become but will and will exceed our expectations.