Springtime in the Midwest can often lead to times of tragedy. This was evident with the latest round of tornadoes and storms that swept across the Midwest. From homes completely destroyed, to businesses who lost everything, to families suffering the agony of loved ones who lost their lives. Mother nature spares the feelings of no one. Unfortunately this often can lead to feelings of despair and hopelessness. People wondering how to get through their day without sinking into the dungeon of depression.

It is extremely critical when dealing with tragedy to acknowledge the severity and seriousness of how this affects our mental health. To deny the feelings only leads to a greater possibility of them reappearing at a later time and with more significant force. And more likely to be in a way we don’t feel able to control.

It is completely normal and natural to feel sad, lost, confused, and even out of control after a tragedy. There is nothing wrong with anyone who experiences these feelings. Often times we think that talking about these feelings will only contribute to more prolonged feelings of sadness. But in reality, it can be the exact opposite. We can experience difficulty sleeping, nightmares, anger, irritability, fear or worries, changes in appetite, difficulty focusing, and even depression. These symptoms should be taken seriously. If you feel that you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms after a tragedy it is wise to seek the help of a professional.