When you suffer extreme damage to your home after an accident or natural disaster, it can have an immense impact on your everyday life. If a family lives in the home, then the impact can be even deeper. For many people, the physical place that they call home is more than a place of residence. It is also an environment with deep emotional significance.
When severe property damage strikes, a family’s home life has the potential to become unstable. Certain patterns, habits, and experiences are altered and the physical space can become unliveable. Such limitations on space can affect a person’s physical and mental health. If your family has recently suffered a property disaster in your home, read on to learn some ways to rebuild family life after a property disaster.
Begin the Physical Restoration as Soon as Possible
When you first find yourself face to face with extreme damage to your home, it can be a little overwhelming to start fixing the physical issues. But it is important to begin sooner rather than later. Take things one task at a time, one day at a time. And eventually, you will start to see the progress present itself.
How fast physical restoration takes place depends on a number of factors, such as the extent of the damage, your time, and your budget. But the sooner things are fixed, the sooner your family life can get back to normal.
Professional Services v. Do It Yourself
In the world of do-it-yourself projects and the “taking things into your own hands” approach, a lot can be gained. But when it comes to restoring your property, it is a bit riskier. Unless you have special skills and training to handle specific property damage situations, it is probably best to look for a specialized company that offers property restoration services.
If your home has water damage, it can lead to the development of harmful mold. A professional restoration service can stop the mold from spreading and dry the affected areas quickly so that you and your family doesn’t become sick (source: alldryus.com).
An added benefit of having a professional service handle the “dirty work” so to speak is that it allows you to spend more time with your family and help the family life stay stable during this period of transition.
Re-establish Normal Routines and Schedules
One of the biggest things that separate children from adults are adaptability to change. Most adults can adapt to change fairly well, depending on the situation. Without too much disturbance to their health and mental health. But when children come into the family picture, especially young children, a big change like living with property damage. And going through the restoration process has the potential to be a source of significant stress for them.
This increased source of potential stress can have negative impacts on a child’s overall health. They might be more prone to emotional tantrums, behavior that requires disciplinary action or might start to struggle in school. But children do well with routine and schedules. If your family life is disrupted as result of property damage, try to get them back on a regular schedule and plan regular family time together. Such as evening dinners or small weekly outings.
Communication and Checking in with Each Other
In any large transition or time of change, it is always incredibly important to practice strong communication skills in order to help maintain a healthy family life. Communicate with your family about the feelings, both positive and negative, that you might be experiencing. Check in with your kids and your partner and see what kind of emotions they are experiencing as you work to restore your home.
Self-reflection is another useful way to deal with change, whether it’s just some time alone with your thoughts or journaling. Strong communication is a key component to a healthy family life in any context.
A millenial mom (of two boys) who has passion in makeup and motherhood in between.