When Circumstances Overwhelm

Six Practical Steps to Help You Rebuild After a Crisis

Life often throws us for a loop with circumstances outside of our control.   The loss of a job, an unwanted divorce, or the death of a loved one are just a few examples of things that can knock your feet out from under you.  Adjusting to the new normal can be difficult while trying to get back on your feet.  For some, the anxiety or depression associated with that adjustment can stop you in your tracks, but 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Rebuild After a Crisis

In my sessions with clients I have often shared these six coping skills to help with the anxiety and depression that can develop when someone feels like they have lost something vital to them, and the fear that comes with that loss.

  1. Stop and Breathe – Take a few deep cleansing breaths and allow oxygen into the brain to begin to relax.
  2. Know Your Power – Look at the circle of what you cannot control and the circle of what you can control – recognize that there may be things outside your control, but there are also things that you do have control over, such as how you react to the situation.  You may not be able to change the circumstance causing your distress, but you can create a new situation or circumstance.
  3. Know God’s Power – Seek guidance from God through prayer and reading of the Word – Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  4. Use Your Support System – Reach out to friends or family that you trust, go to church where you can be encouraged from hearing the Word and remaining in fellowship with other Christians who can offer emotional support and comfort, or talk to a pastor.
  5. Take Care of Yourself – Get some exercise, eat healthy, get plenty of rest, and see a counselor if necessary.  Using your words to let out the problem that you are dealing with can be the beginning point to easing some of the tension your body may be storing.
  6. Serve Others – Do something to help someone else.  By helping someone else, not only do you feel good about helping, but you take the focus off yourself and begin to see that you are not alone in your suffering.  Your problems are real, but other people are dealing with problems of their own that are just as real, or maybe even worse than yours. 

Overcoming the devastation of losing a dear loved one, one’s source of income, or something else can be difficult, but not impossible.  With the help of God and the resources he provides through his Word and through other people, it is possible to move forward and find joy in living again.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4

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 Tracy Smith is an LPC Intern at the Meier Clinics office in Richardson, Texas. 

Author: Tracy Smith

Tags: Crisis, Overwhelmed, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Faith, Meier Clinics

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