Life can be stressful as it is, but when you’re in a crisis, the stress can get much worse. Being a flood victim, experiencing a hurricane tear through your neighborhood, being in a war-zone, etc. are all traumatic events and situations that can leave you with frazzled nerves.
If you are stressed out, you might even notice symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, upset stomach, sweating and even dizziness. You can easily become irritated and angry. Small things can startle or scare you.
When I get stressed or panicked I just can’t think. My mind goes blank. It’s like I become frozen. At a time like this it can be a matter of life or death to keep your wits about you. What is that saying from Kipling saying “If you can keep your head when all about you… Are losing theirs and blaming it on you .”
Here are six tips you can use that can help in calming yourself down especially during times of chaos while keeping your sanity.
Visualize peaceful images or desired outcomes, you’ll be able to mentally remove yourself from the difficult situation you’re currently in. ‘It’s all about mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.’ Keep your spirits up with positive visualizations.
- Deep breathing
If you happen to know yoga then that would be an excellent way to de-stress. If you don’t know yoga, take deep breaths. This will help in calming yourself down and it will also oxygenate your body. Take a deep breath, hold it for 4 counts and slowly exhale. Do this a few times and you’ll feel much more refreshed. If not, rinse and repeat.
Planning makes you feel like you’re in control of the situation. One of the reasons so many people get stressed out is because they think that they’re not in control of the situation. They are clueless about what to do. This ends up creating a feeling of helplessness and vulnerability. Often can lead to panic or worse.
Be proactive as you plan your next moves. This can help in making you feel in control and you’ll be less likely to get stressed. The very act of planning is a proactive one.
When it comes to de-stressing, nothing quite beats physical exertion. During a crisis, you’ll have a lot of physical chores to do. Keep moving and get as much activity and exercise as you can. When you’re engaged in physical activity, your mind doesn’t have time to slip into the doldrums. An idle mind is a devil’s workshop.
Have a daily routine that you follow. Just because things around you are chaotic doesn’t mean that your life must be too. Having a routine and following it will keep your life predictable and less stressful during these tumultuous times.
These stress management tips also apply to everyday life as well as in a crises. Be sure you’re familiar with the techniques and apply them, especially the ones that work for you. Remember this…