I currently live in Chinchilla, Qld, Australia, I wish I was there now. Instead, I am staying with my in-laws in Upper Brookfield, Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Back in 2011 I lived just down the road in Bellbowrie (in a house we still own) and I owned a florist shop in the local shopping centre. That year for the first time since 1974, Brisbane experienced extensive flooding, especially in the western suburbs, including Bellbowrie. My shop went under completely, in fact the entire shopping centre did and as you can imagine it was an extremely stressful time for me and my husband. We managed to empty the shop before the floods hit badly but the water damage rendered the shop useless and we had to relocate. The relocation did not pay off for us however and we closed shop a number of months later, breaking my heart.
It is now 2015 and we are again experiencing widespread flooding in the Brisbane area, including once again the western suburbs. In fact the house I am staying at, which as I said belongs to my parents-in-law is flooded in, we cannot even get out of our own drive way let alone down the road. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t causing me extreme anxiety.
I am anxious about our home in Bellbowrie (and the tenants who are living in it), about our friends who live in the area, about friends of mine who still own shops in the old shopping centre, about my Grandmother and Aunt who live in areas that may also be affected by floods and the list goes on.
What am I doing to curb my anxiety? I am doing simple things like watching episodes of my favourite TV show, deep breathing, meditating (where possible), challenging my irrational thoughts with rational alternatives, taking valium (as a last resort), smoking (tabacco of course), spending time with my husband, and so forth. Anything I can think of to put my mind at ease. And it is working somewhat, I thought that perhaps sharing my anxiety with my readers may also help. My fingers are crossed that none of you are badly affected by the weather system currently hitting Queensland, Australia.
We will get through this, just like we have done in the past, and by supporting one another we can make it that much easier for us all and hopefully keep our anxiety in-check too.