In a Crisis?

View a crisis situation as an opportunity — creative problem-solving can expand your options. Try to make a list of good things that could result from the problem you have to solve.

  • Understand normal reactions

-When tragedies occur, horrific headlines and images often play in our minds again and again.

-It is common to experience a wide range of emotions that are too complex to organize.

-It is not easy to wrap our minds around reasons for sudden death or perpetrated violence.

-Feelings of shock, disbelief, fear, and sadness can affect all areas of our lives and drown our spirits. These are normal reactions to abnormal situations.

  • Consider past healing

-Most likely, you have already survived one or even many losses or traumas. Consider what helped you most during those times and seek similar solutions.

-Also, consider what did not help and try to not repeat those coping attempts.

-These could include indulging in unhealthy behaviors or not addressing your feelings at all.

  • Be intentional in self-care!

-Be patient, but also be deliberate in daily choices that bring health and healing.

-Spend time with friends and family. Go for a walk. Take a bubble bath or read a good book.

-These and other self-care activities can go a long way to balance the trauma of events outside our control. They bring emotional and physical relief and are necessary for preventing further strife and turmoil.

  •  Recognize a need for help

Mental Wellness Month

 

Develop a positive attitude — people with positive attitudes tend to be happier, and better able to handle crises and stress. And in concert with a positive attitude, get an attitude of gratitude for what you have instead of dwelling on what you don’t. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be good.