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How to deal with anxiety ahead of major storms

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DENISON, Texas -- With more storms on the way across Texoma, many people could be facing storm anxiety -- especially William Thomas.

"Quite a few terrors growing up with storms and everything," he said. "You know, it makes me want to drive somewhere and try to get away from it." 

Baylee Rains said she would rather be anywhere else when storms roll in. 

"I don't understand why I'm scared of them; It just happens," she said.  

According to licensed therapist Brittany Wagner, having storm anxiety is normal, and there are number of ways it can be managed. 

"A lot of it is just fear of the unknown of what's going to happen," she said, adding that it's reasonable to ask questions like: "'Am I going to be okay?' 'Am I not going to be okay from the storm?'"

Wagner said to first make sure your family has a plan in place, such as where are you going to go for safety, and what supplies are you going to have on hand. Wagner said the next step is to try and come up with ways to distract yourself from the storms. 

"Every time there's a storm coming, I put a blanket over my window and take my hearing aids out and play music through my headphones," Rains said.

Thomas said he uses activities to keep him distracted. 

"I sit in my chair and try to watch videos or something, or movies with the kids to keep us calm so nobody worries about it," he said. 

Wagner also suggests trying to expose yourself to what makes you nervous. 

"Maybe you download an app that's just a bunch of noise like thunderstorms and to be able to listen to that until your anxiety goes down," he said. 

That way, when the storms do hit, you'll have ways to keep you calm. 

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