A crisis will make anyone's emotional state oscillate between panic and calm, THIS IS NORMAL! We are all going through various phases of grief as we experience this event. Anger, shock, denial, sadness... all the emotions you will feel in times like these are part of the process. Try to notice these varying and shifting states within yourself or others without judgment. Instead, greet them with welcome and compassion. To flatten the stress curve and counter the activation of your reptile brain, try to stay connected to your body and simplify your life. The following suggestions are not medical advice, but tips that may help in relieving some of the stress:
Move throughout the day
Get a lot of fresh air
Take frequent breaks to feel the sun outdoor, or in front of a window if you can't go out
Seek comforting sensory input
Do "bucket filling" activities that connect you to hope and positive thinking
Try a body scan: https://lnkd.in/ejf-8Th
If you have a child try this one: https://lnkd.in/eSMcBtW
The ARTrelief Team
Photo by Ron Smith on Unsplash - Light up sign hanging in a dark wooded area, indicating the word "hope", with a few lightbulbs hanging above it.
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