crisis survival guide: a weapon

This is the fifth post in an ongoing blog series, featuring some practical tools and activities. Fill up your arsenal and collect your weapons for recovery.


Crisis time.

I’d guess that less than 10% of us handle potential emergencies in a rational and calm state of mind. The rest experience something else that doesn’t quite make for the most efficient response – overwhelming panic, nauseous anxiety, stunned shock, blinding confusion, even more blinding denial, or some other lovely category along those lines.

I’ve always heard that slips and setbacks aren’t just possible, but they’re expected along this path on which we’ve been placed.


We can bounce back from adversity or be consumed by it. The survivors will walk away with more personal strength, character and resilience, and a heavier toolbox for future attacks.

Some succinct tips to help keep your head above the water:

  • Shake off the stunned brain freeze as soon as you can
  • Don’t waste time on blame and shame
  • Be gentle with yourself as you come to acceptance
  • Rally your support troops and call 9/11 on yourself
  • Take account of your current situation and how it’s both similar and different to what you’ve known before
  • Collect every tool you have and search for new ones
  • Be patient with your progress
  • Make small goals and celebrate baby steps
  • Don’t minimize the problem
  • Positive self-talk only
  • Drink tea, breathe deeply and get a lot of sleep
  • Think only moment-by-moment, one day at a time
  • Ask for help
  • You’re stronger than you think.



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