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8 Ways to Stay Calm During a Crisis

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When you are in a stressful situation, do not allow your mind to imagine the worst-case scenario. 

Focus your mind on something positive.

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8 Ways to Stay Calm During a Crisis

8 Ways to Stay Calm During a Crisis

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237694

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Slow down

Try not to react immediately, but be patient and gather as much information as possible.

If the problem will not matter a year from now, distance yourself somewhat from the situation to gain perspective.

Stay positive

When you are in a stressful situation, do not allow your mind to imagine the worst-case scenario. 

Focus your mind on something positive.

Never ask “what if?”

The "what if" line of questioning induces panic and lets you focus on imagined situations that escalate the problem.

Focus on the facts and work on a solution.

Take care of your body

If your personal health is taken care of, you'll get better at dealing with a crisis.

Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.

Limit caffeine

When you are in a difficult situation, drinking caffeine may trigger the release of adrenalin. It will give a quick burst of energy followed by a crash that will leave you fatigued and irritable.

Use your support system

Someone who is not invested in the situation will be able to have a better perspective. They might also be able to help you find a different solution.

Disconnect

Withdraw from the situation for a while to allow yourself to process the problem and the surrounding emotions.

You will be able to approach the situation with a renewed perspective.

Develop a coping strategy

Take regular walks or join an exercise class.

These techniques can reduce your stress and help you feel more empowered.

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Shape your perspective

Instead of focussing on the negatives in the situation, deliberately discover what is still going right. 

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Be solution-focused

Break the problems into workable pieces. Ask yourself how you can manage each piece.

Find opportunities

Every crisis presents opportunities for growth. Think how someone else you admire might handle the situation.

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Set limits

People often feel pressure to listen to complainers because they don’t want to be seen as callous or rude.

Avoid this by setting limits and distancing yourself when necessary. Ask complainers how they intend to fix the problem. They will either quiet down or redirect the conversation in a productive direction.

Rise above

Difficult people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. 

Distance yourself from them emotionally and approach your interactions like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos -- only the facts.

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