Crisis Self-Care 101—The Practical Side

When I began writing this piece and went to save just a blank page with the title at the top, Microsoft Word suggested I save the document as “Crisis Self.” I internally chuckled because that really is what this piece will be about—your “crisis self.”

What I mean by the term “crisis self” is both who you are in times of crisis and who you want to be in times of crisis. Who you are in times of crisis is your default “stressed self” and includes your go to behaviors when you are stressed. For example, during graduate school my “crisis self” indulged in sweet tea and Peanut M &Ms. And while these comfort measures are not the worst, there are definitely better go to coping skills I now seek when feeling overwhelmed (for example, walking and drinking decaf tea).

Whether you realize it or not, you are currently operating in your “crisis self.” With COVID-19 happening, we are all dealing with uncertainty and trying to find a new normal. So, how are you doing? Are you overbuying, overeating, overdrinking or not sleeping? Or are you spending more time meditating, journaling or talking on the phone with a trusted friend? In short, how are you coping?

In the personal blog on this piece I will provide a list of ways you can practice positive coping skills and self-care during this (or any) crisis. However, for now, if you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed due to the pandemic (or another life stressor) please seek help. Whether virtually through telemental health or by phone, a trained and licensed Orlando mental health clinician can provide the support and skills you need to learn and implement coping skills that will not only help you weather this storm, but shape your life habits so that you can continue to thrive if uncertain times emerge again. Please contact Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862 to speak with a member of our clinical team.


Yolanda Brailey