How to Remain Calm During Crisis
For most people, during a crisis, they will panic, simple!
The problem? That panic can worsen the situation and lead you into a complete meltdown which can not only be damaging to your health, but also your ability to perform to your true potential.
Some of the biggest survival stories from around the world could have ended so much differently had the person involved failed to remain calm under pressure.
A crisis doesn’t need to be close to world-ending to cause panic either, a crisis can come in all sizes or nature but is something that causes distress to those involved.
They may be faced with new anxiety where none existed before, and it can aggravate existing anxiety and anxiety disorders.
You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.
If mother nature is going to do something, she will do it without asking. She needs no permission, can often be destructive and there is absolutely nothing that we can do about it.
Here are some tips that should help you cope and remain calm under any uncertain circumstances that you may face.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
It is important that you don’t react immediately. In order to effectively deal with the situation, you need to be patient and collect as much information as possible.
There are many negatives in a crisis situation, but not everything is negative. Although difficult, try to discover what is still going right. What positive actions can you do more of to increase what’s working and what’s going well? In choosing your perspective, you’re not ignoring the problem, but you are keeping it from consuming you.
Stress and worry, they solve nothing. What they do is block creativity. You are not even able to think about the solutions. Every problem has a solution.
Don’t focus on the problems, focus on the solutions!
Looking at all of the problems created during a crisis can be incredibly overwhelming. Take a step back up and break the situation into workable bits and then decide on how best to manage each piece.
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
During any crisis, there are opportunities to grow!
Think about your priorities, values, and goals, and then create action plans. Look at the crisis and think about how it can shape you. Think of someone you admire and how would they would handle the situation. Can you identify traits and strengths you want to develop?
When our emotional health is in a bad state, so is our level of self-esteem. We have to slow down and deal with what is troubling us, so that we can enjoy the simple joy of being happy and at peace with ourselves.
The problem with anxiety is that it often tells us that we “should” be able to handle something ourselves, without needing the help of others. This is one of anxiety’s lies.
The reality is that humans need each other, and connecting with someone for help and support can make solutions and opportunities easier to find.
Breathe, Meditate, Be Mindful
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, anxiety, and even panic, will come anyway. That is part of a crisis.
When this happens, you need to take the time to stop and breathe deeply. Practice mindfulness and meditation to return your attention to the present moment and away from the worries and fears. Take plenty of breaks to drink tea to soothe your body and mind. Then return to the above strategies to become anxiety-free again.
Useful Quotes to Think About
1. “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~ Jodi Picoult
2. “Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ~ Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
3. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ~ Deepak Chopra
4. “The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.” ~ Alain de Botton
5. “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
6. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
7. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~ Dan Millman
8. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” ~ Steven Hayes
9. “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
10. “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” ~ Arthur Somers Roche
11. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” ~ Walter Anderson
12. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
13. “People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
14. “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” ~ Wayne Dyer
15. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson