Crisis Support — You Need It When You Need It, and This Helps

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Crisis support – ready when you need it…

Crisis support is something that is needed urgently when it’s needed. But most of the time you aren’t even thinking about it.

The challenge, both for individuals and for groups and organizations, is to be prepared so that what’s needed is available when a crisis takes place.

So, here’s a tip to help you ready yourself for whatever life offers.

It encourages you to grow in balance and agility so you ride waves of change with more ease.

Crisis Support Tip

Crises generally have an epicenter of direct impact, surrounded by circles of diminishing intensity. To use your time effectively, it’s helpful to distinguish between what has a direct impact and what doesn’t.

For example, after receiving news of the Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath, many here in New England and elsewhere were spurred to assess the actual levels of risk to themselves, loved ones,  colleagues, and friends. Depending on where you lived and who you knew, the level of impact varied.

Action Step for Optimal Crisis Support

In times of sudden change, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What affects me directly?
  • Who, within my circle of mutual support, is affected by this?
  • Where do my primary responsibilities lie in this situation?

These questions help to orient and ground you when a crisis occurs. Panic that leads to impulsive actions works against you. So breathe slowly and deeply. Pause and reflect. Once you pull in some needed perspective, you can develop a well thought-out plan or modify the one you already have.

Consider a range of possibilities when planning for crises.

Help yourself by creating a range of contingency plans for emergencies. What if a crisis occurred at an event you attended? How would you re-establish contact if chaos separated you from friends or family? What if communication blackouts inhibited connection?

Here are some options to consider:

  • When you know you are going to be in a crowd, create a mental plan for leaving quickly if needed.
  • Discuss with your companions where to go and how to reconnect if you get separated.
  • Be sure you know where the exits are.

And don’t be embarrassed about covering this ground with friends and family. Communication goes a long way, both in breaking through denial (“That will never happen here!”) and in helping to
reassure the most vulnerable in the group.

At home, conduct informal fire drills with your children until their responses become second nature. Walk them through contacting a willing neighbor in case of emergencies. Also, encourage them to practice locating fire exits wherever they go. Making this investment of time now provides priceless assistance later.

Remember: You have the power to give yourself and your loved ones safe and sound crisis support. Planning ahead and taking necessary precautions is of a piece with living your moments as fully as possible.

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