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Moving Forward After Experiencing a Crisis

Article adapted from “How To Move Forward After Going Through A Crisis,”  by Becky Brasfield, Published Jan. 21, 2020; Photo sourced from:

Recovery after a crisis can be a challenge. We’re left to pick up the pieces of the turmoil we’ve just recently overcome. Since there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future, what action can you take moving forward from a crisis?

  • Determine your Priorities: before we can establish an action plan, we must determine our core goals and priorities. Having a working action plan helps us to reduce stress, live in accordance with our values, and free up mental energy that might otherwise have been expended on anxiety. Prioritizing helps us to avoid feeling overwhelmed which can lead to additional setbacks
    • Consider asking yourself the following questions:
      • What issues are most important to me?
      • ​What do I think about the most?
      • What is causing me the most stress?
      • What needs my attention right now?
  • Get Proper Self-Care & Support: you can never place enough emphasis on self-care, especially after experiencing a crisis situation. Though everyone’s self-care “toolkit” is unique, we should be sure to consider all aspects of our mental and physical wellbeing with our daily approaches. From being emotionally kind and gentle to ourselves, to tending to our daily grooming and health, to seeking the support of friends and loved ones, ensure you are taking a proactive and holistic approach to self-care.
    • Reminders for different aspects of self-care and support include asking ourselves:
      • What can I do to be kind to myself today?
      • How can I take care of my needs right now?
      • How do I really feel?
      • What kind of support do I need from others?
      • What kind of support do I need to provide for myself?
      • What kind of self-care or support will help me achieve my goals?
  •  Attending to Paperwork: though not the most pleasant of activities, attending to paperwork is a normal part of recovery. Medical bills, prescriptions, resumes, emails and documentation are all types of paperwork that may require our attention. These tasks can prove especially grueling after you’ve been through a tough situation, especially if you dislike filling out forms. If you’re struggling with this part of the recovery process, remember that it’s okay to ask for help.
    • The following questions may be helpful in getting ahead and getting your paperwork organized:
      • What paperwork do I need to request? What paperwork do I need to provide?
      • Are all my bills up to date? Do I have copies of all my payments and invoices?
      • Do I need to update my resume or cover letter? Do I need to update my contact information?
      • Do I need to send any emails or make any phone calls?

There’s no right or wrong way to recover from a crisis. The goal is to lessen stressful situations in order to create more peaceful ones and increase our wellness. Getting organized and creating an action plan is a great way to pave a new beginning for your life.  There’s also no doubt that going through a crisis is one of the hardest parts of living with mental illness. Know that if you can get through that, you can also get through this process of moving forward.