If anyone knows what it feels like to lose your home and everything in it – it’s me. If you haven’t read the about me section, then it’s time. Go take a look here.
I’ll get to the chase, my family and I lost everything in Hurricane Katrina just like so many around us. It taught me a lot about life and what matters the most. I would even say that it prepared me for the career I chose! Who better to understand someone that just lost their home than someone like me?
There have been many claims where I had to be more than just their adjuster. I had to be more than that; I had to be almost a therapist. Someone to stop and just listen to them. What they may not have realized is that I understood them in a way that another adjuster could not. I could empathize with what they were going through, and most importantly, I cared.
Just spending that extra time with my homeowners made all the difference in the world. It taught me how to ease their anxiety along the way, and I wanted to share them with you.
So, if you are going through a difficult time and just sustained a significant loss, I have some ways to ease anxiety during your insurance claim. Let’s just say here are some positives to come out of all the negative. Some of the ways listed below are more “thinking on the positive side” to help ease your anxiety.
Let’s be positive
Way # 1
Repeat after me- this is just temporary; you will make it through this. You have insurance! (hopefully, that’s why you are on this blog). It’s going to be alright. Yes, the insurance company may be tough, or the claim is taking too long, but it will END! I promise you. Remember that: it will end. Remind yourself of that during the hardest times.
Look for the positive in the situation. I know it’s so hard. TRUST ME! One positive is that you now can renovate that house of yours. Focus on renovations if that will get you through it. Dive in on Pinterest and Instagram, whatever it takes for you to make it through this process. Design your home the way you always wanted it to be. Things can be replaced. Memories will never be replaced!
It doesn’t seem like it now, but you will become stronger after this. This could be the most challenging time of your life, and you will make it through. You will be able to look back and realize how far you have come. Here’s a motiving quote for you! Feel free to share on Instagram.
You will learn what matters most in life. Sometimes, friendships and relationships are tested during these times. Either you will find out useful things or weed out the links in life that are not true to you. But in the end, you will be able to move forward, confident in what is important to you and your family. Not getting the support you need from family and friends? Focus on the ones that are here for you during this difficult time.
Take a deep breath. Do not let the anxiety of the unknown get to you. Keep asking questions, stay informed, and knowledgeable about your claim. Do not throw your hands up in the air and not be proactive. The more you know and understand, the better. Knowledge is power. You can do this! It may help you to keep a notebook handy at all times and write down questions or concerns the minute you think of them. Doing this will help when you are ready to speak with the adjuster. You will feel more in control the more you are organized.
Reach out if you need help. Don’t think just for one second that your insurance claim is not more important than what others may be going through. If you just suffered a significant loss to your house- your safe zone, don’t be hesitant to reach out for help. It can be traumatizing to see your home and such an unrecognizable manner. The memories that you made there will always be with you. Reach out and talk to a specialist if you feel like you are struggling emotionally or mentally. Try taking a break from your claim by going for a walk or try a new exercise class. Yoga really helps to calm nerves. Mediation is great, as well!
Lastly, stay calm and respectful to all parties. It will help you in the long run. As hard as that may be at times, just remind yourself that kindness wins, and you will always do that. I know it’s hard when you are mad but just taking a step back and being calm in the situation will resolve it faster. Trust me!
I’m here for you
I sincerely hope I was able to spread some encouragement and motivation your way. Please know that I’m here for you. If you are going through a tough time because of a significant insurance loss, reach out. I’m here to listen to you.
The Curious Confidential: What was the most encouraging tip for you? Do you have any other suggestions?