Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, millions of people are now facing immense challenges. Here in New York City, we are grateful that our staff is safe. Resulting in the loss of power, inability to get to work, extreme property damage, and lack of running water, natural disasters are often a test of character. Frustration or hostility may be the assumed response from those impacted, but in fact, the behavior we’ve seen this week has been just the opposite.
A recent article from TIME summarizes historical examples of people coming together in the face of crisis. From the year of the Blitz during World War II in London, to the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, kindness has been a common theme in the aftermath of disaster. On Tuesday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker reported zero incidences of looting, and rescue crews, transportation workers, and public officials have been working tirelessly to put New York City back on its feet.
Above all, natural disasters bring out the infinite love and support of friends and family. According to the article, there is a strong correlation between a social support system and good health, particularly in how our stress levels are affected. This is not a new phenomenon; consider how happy marriages have been known to extend lifespan, or how a support buddy can help you reach your goals. The case for primary food as an essential aspect of well-being is something we’ve always emphasized at Integrative Nutrition, and it’s more important now than ever.
No one wants to face a natural disaster, or the tragedy and devastation that often ensues, but it’s during these times that primary food shines. Our support systems, which are built on love and kindness, are the best remedies for stress, and are the devices that get us through difficult situations.
Was there a difficult time in your life where your support system helped you get through it?