Everyday Disasters and How to be Prepared

January 12, 2018

The word disaster conjures up images of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and wildfires. But other disasters are much closer to home. These disasters can come at any time, and often without warning. If you are not ready for the worst, it can leave you to suffer. 

As much as it may be a cliché that you need to expect the worst, it is a cliché for a reason. No one wants to feel like they are over-preparing for anything, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to be negligent with your money, health or career prospects, and they are arguably the essential things to prepare for.

Home 

Making sure you have the appropriate contingency plans in place before needing it in your home will see you a lot of stress and panic should something substantial affect your house. This can be minor problems such as a fresh coat of paint – although the paint is expensive – to more significant issues that require immediate solutions.

Some of these significant solutions include burst pipes, leaks, or flooding, which can be a problem for a long time before even realising it. For this reason, it is smart to invest in home insurance, or at least have a separate bank account with a rainy day fund in case of any domestic disaster.

Health

Along with your home, your health is one of the most important things to maintain in your life, and also like your home, these problems can be bubbling under the surface long before you are aware. You might feel invincible, but that doesn’t guarantee you can avoid regular check-ups for everything from your teeth to your eyesight.

These regular check-ups will help any issues before they become more significant problems and allow them to be dealt with better. Looking into personal health plans will aid in easing any potential health-related issues for you and your family. This can save a lot of worry and stress when it comes to the financial side of medical care and make the whole process more straightforward.

Career 

Dealing with the horror of sudden unemployment can be a massive issue to cope with. So taking steps to prepare for potential unemployment such as cutting down on spending and fixing up your resumé to look for a job is a must.

However, sometimes unemployment can come out of nowhere. That’s not to say you need to be living in constant fear of dismissal, as this will have adverse effects on your mental health and relationships. But putting a percentage, recommended being around 10 – 15% of your monthly paycheck will make any transition more comfortable for you and your family.

Disaster can be difficult to anticipate. But you can ease any worry and anxiety when this disaster does happen to take control instead of allowing the problems to consume you. This will only further hurt your lifestyle and situation in the long run and can lead to personal issues more severe than what came before. By preparing for the worst, you will be able to tackle these issues with a more relaxed and clear mind and conquer any problems before they escalate.

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