There’s a lot going on in the world today. It’s all so disheartening and scary. I would be surprised if you WEREN’T having a hard time staying happy. So today I just want to leave you with a few tips on how to stay calm during a crisis.
First things first, slllooooowwwwww dddooowwwwnnnnn. If you’re not in imminent danger don’t react immediately. Wait to react until you’ve collected as much information as possible. Ask yourself if what has riled up will matter a year from now. If it will, step back and mentally remove yourself from the situation. This will help you explore other perspectives.
Keep breathing. When you’re under pressure it’s natural for your heart to race which makes your breathing shallow. If you don’t correct your breathing it’ll just perpetrate more anxiety. Take a few deep breaths. The increase of oxygen to your brain will also help you think more clearly.
Stay positive. I get that this is extremely difficult when you’re under stressful situations but it’s almost a necessity. When you dwell in negativity every what if out come feels hopeless; too daunting. It easily discourages you from action.
Take care of your body by making your personal health a priority. Exercise lowers stress hormones and helps your body function efficiently. By improving your health you also increase your self-control and emotional intelligence.
Disconnect and unplug for a day. Pull away from the situation at hand even if it’s just for an hour or two. This will give you the time you need to really process what’s going on. You’ll be able to come back with a fresh perspective.
Develop a healthy coping strategy. Find a ritual you enjoy in a place you consider safe and peaceful. Resorting to unhealthy vices often compound the problem in a lot of different ways. A few examples of some healthy ones include meditating, exercising, creating art or even cleaning the house.