Sometimes the events in our lives are traumatic enough to constitute a crisis, that seems unmanageable and we might lose hope to recover and heal. The state of crisis results into feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, frustration, loss or mourning, or even harming yourself.
How about we STOP during the crise to manage ourselves and get the right help?
Slow your breathing: Practice Breathing Exercise to reduce your body’s fight or flight response.
Take a paper and pen: Imagine a friend or loved one was going through your experience right now, and write whatever you imagine telling them. Remember to practice self-compassion.
One thing at a time: Find one self-soothing task (e.g. – listening to music or may be drinking a cup of coffee) . Focus your entire self on that task.
Pursue your values: decide what the best course of action is based on your most important values. Make a list of the positive and negative aspects to each option you have. When you’re finished, compare the lists and determine which option has more positive aspects. This skill helps you fight impulsive urges and their negative outcomes.
Here is a list of things to consider during this exercise:
Consider if you need support, and who could provide you the same.
Consider ways to improve the situation, even in the smallest way, whether it’s in the next few minutes or the next few days.
Ask yourself what the best way is to deal with this situation.
Never Hesitate Taking a Professional Help
Here are few contacts to help you through crisis or an emergency –
Disclaimer: Please note that we are not a crisis intervention helpline. Should you have severe symptoms or have thought about harming yourself, please seek immediate medical help or call suicide prevention helplines such as
Aasra 24x7 Helpline: 91-22-27546669