Life is not guaranteed. You're going about your routine one minute, and the next thing you know, everything has come to a complete stop. Everything in your life has now become overwhelming as you are left to flounder. You're going through a crisis and don't know what to do.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do right away to help you gain more perspective and improve your ability to cope with any disaster. To help you regain your composure, try the following quick tips:
The last thing you need is more responsibility when you already feel like you're running in a million different directions. It's time to start defending yourself by declining requests to carry more weight. You are exercising your power here, where you can.
When things are chaotic, it is so simple to default to what feels good. Let's face it, you want comfort, and repetitive behaviors like binge-watching TV, overindulging in food, or sleeping can be soothing. Even healthy activities, such as clearing out your inbox, exercising, or doing the laundry, can become unhealthy if that's all you do. To vary your schedule is the main objective here. You should only give each activity a specific amount of time before moving on to another.
Let's talk about being obsessive; put the phone down. It's not necessary for you to constantly check social media or your text messages. Take a break for yourself. The feedback from others will typically not offer many solutions, but will instead invite you to become fixated on the crisis.
The key to success is attitude. Start looking for ways to help those around you if you're feeling the disaster. By doing this, you shift your attention away from your negativity and add positivity to someone else's day, which has the added benefit of improving your mood.
It's very simple to neglect yourself when you start to think only about disasters. You should be eating well and getting enough sleep more than ever. You can lessen some of the physical stress that an upheaval can cause by giving yourself some alone time. Physical improvement can also help reduce stress and anxiety.
Make a mental note of where you want to be in the future. Keep this picture in mind. By telling yourself you'll get through this and reach your future goals, you're acknowledging the situation you're in right now is only temporary.
Not all upheavals can, regrettably, be resolved. Many events are beyond your control as soon as they occur. However, you do retain the power to decide how you will behave and how you will respond. You're going to feel stronger and more confident about your next steps by using these techniques.
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Hi, my name is Melissa Ebken, and I'm so glad you found your way here.
I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to support those who work to grow themselves. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I create a safe space for people, especially those who have been marginalized, where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit, and to experience the difference that makes in life.
I started the Pursuing Uncomfortable Podcast to share the stories of people who have faced life's most difficult challenges, to inspire you to lean into and overcome your own. It's helpful to know that you're not alone in your struggles and to see how others have navigated similar circumstances. You can listen to it here.
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