Mar24

Finding Your Calm in a Crisis

Categories // Navigating Uncertainty

BY SUSAN MCINTYRE
Director of Counseling & Wellness

 

Navigating uncertainty is something our Centre for Women staff has been confronted with for decades.  We have had many highs and lows in our organizational history and are still standing with outstretched arms as those "helpers" others are grateful for.  We have learned along the way how to turn difficult times into promising times. 

Our Counseling and Wellness staff members are called upon daily by community members who are finding their way through unchartered territory….a disruptive emotional disorder, displacement by divorce or death, intimate and family relationship struggles, disillusionment with employment and so forth. Although the current crisis of a new and exploding medical threat evokes a primal fear for one's safety with the risk of illness and even death, the feelings of uncertainty are not uncommon.

There is an abundance  of content being shared in print and online regarding how to remain calm in a crisis, how to promote self- care in troubled times and understanding why we feel and behave the way we do. Did you know the brain has a natural tendency to first look for the negative as a survival instinct?  Though it is a part of being human to "awfulize" and ruminate over each worrisome detail, we can instead acknowledge these feelings and then makes choices that give us back a sense of control in these precarious events.

  • You can affirm your identity- remember who you are- YOU are not lost in the uncertainty.
  • Our choices right now can center around boosting our courage, trusting and relying on our resilience and keeping our thoughts and actions on a hopeful outcome.
  • This is bigger than me, we fear.  True, we can't do it all, but we can do our best. We can't control everything but we can be wise and we can exercise compassion for ourselves and others.
  • It IS important to acknowledge what is different and what may never be the same.  We can openly recognize that there are people to help us now and in the months ahead.  We can exercise our choice to ask for and receive support to regain our balance and perspective.

We are thinking of each life impacted in all the small and big ways by this life changing chapter of world history.  And we are imagining each person rising to challenge and being their best selves.

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If you or someone you know could benefit from a counseling session, please call our Counseling and Wellness line at 813- 210-9719 to discuss phone and online options.

 

 

The Counseling and Wellness counselors at our Hyde Park office.  Pictured from left to right:  Stephanie Clark, LMHC; Cece Clark, MSW intern; Director Susan McIntyre, LCSW and Cameron Burris, MSW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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