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How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

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

How can your crises shape you for the better?

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How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2017/06/how-to-stay-calm-anxiety-free-in-a-crisis

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Shape your perspective

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

In choosing your perspective you are keeping the problem from consuming you.

Be solution-focused

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

Reach out

Anxiety might make you feel that you should handle this problem without help.

Connecting with someone for help can make solutions and opportunities easier to find.

Take time to stop

Sometimes it can be difficult to stay calm.

Take the time to stop and breathe deeply or practice mindfulness to return your attention to the present moment and away from the worries and fears.

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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.

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Get and stay physically calm

Start by counting to 100 by threes so you will have to think a little. It may momentarily distract you from the panic and you'll have a better chance to think clearly.

Look for perspective

Most work crises are overblown. It is important for those caught in the moment to search for perspective by asking themselves if it is a major problem or a problem that is quite fixable. 

Try to be the voice of reason

If you can cultivate the ability to stay calm and look for useful solutions, you will find yourself respected for it.
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