By Henry Cloud
When you’re in crisis, you won’t be able to make the bad news in the big picture go away quickly, but you do have control over yourself, and you can focus on the vital things of life immediately. Let’s take a look.
1. Connect sooner, and more, with those whom you are close to. The more connected you are to people who fill your heart, the less circumstances will affect you.
2. Get back in touch with the things that will outlast the crisis, like your faith, your values, the things you will still believe in no matter what happens.
3. Remember your real assets. They have not gone away. The results that you have achieved came from ingredients of your person that you still carry around with you.
4. Stop the end of the world thinking. Forget whether or not the glass is half full or half empty, even if it breaks, you can drink from a paper cup.
5. Use this time to regroup, redefine, and retool. Don’t go into the next season carrying forward the losses of the past. Write those “ways” off and start something new.
6. Engage in spiritual and physical activities, such as prayer, meditation, confession, and exercise. All of these and other such practices have been shown to relieve stress and build a sense of being grounded.
7. Get out of yourself and help someone else. There are strong emotional, psychological and even physiological benefits to giving of yourself to others.
The ones who are doing well have not lost it all, even in a crisis. They still have the things that matter to them: their key relationships, like family and vitally close friends. Their values, their hearts, minds and souls that travel with them are still full of the things that really bring life and hold loosely to the things that can’t.
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