The theory behind crisis: Part 2

In the previous article, we talked about the different definitions and types of crisis. So, we are going to pick up from where we left. In case you haven’t read “The theory behind crisis: Part 1”, I would recommend giving it – a read first for getting a better understanding of this article. 

Let’s get started..

Now, We have a basic understanding of what crises are and what their types are but there are still many questions which remain unanswered so we are going to answer them one by one.

What are the signs of a crisis?

So, the common signs of a mental health crisis include:

  • Changes in weight
  • Decreased performance at school or work
  • Dramatic shifts in sleep habits
  • Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Withdrawal from normal activities

What to do during a Crisis?

If you are coping with a crisis, whether it’s emotional or situational, there are things that you can do to help ensure your psychological and physical well-being during this difficult time of your life.

  • Prioritize Your Time

Focus on what’s important at the moment. This can mean getting yourself out of an unsafe situation or it can mean just focusing on the basics so that you can get through each day. Avoid taking on too much and conserve your energy so you can deal with the problem you are facing.

  • Find Help and Support

It’s important to lean on friends, family, and loved ones during a crisis, but you should also seek professional help if you need it. Consider talking to your doctor about what you are dealing with.

Your doctor may be able to help or refer you to resources in the community, or they might recommend a mental health professional who can help. Community resources such as crisis centers and support groups can also provide assistance.

  • Care for Yourself

Look for ways to lessen your stress, whether it means asking other people to share your burdens or using stress management techniques such as meditation or deep breathing. Practice good self-care, each a healthy diet, and try to get plenty of sleep each night.

These were a few tips one could follow during the time of crisis. Now, let’s take a glance at how one can help others cope with a crisis. If a friend or loved one is going through an emotional or situational crisis, there are things that you can do to offer practical and psychological support.

Be a Good Listener

Being supportive and listening to your friend’s thoughts, fears, grief, or anxiety is important. Focus on offering support and encouragement without giving simplistic solutions that may come off as judgemental or even patronizing. Allow your friend to tell you how they are feeling and let them know that you are there for them.

Assist With Practical Needs

Instrumental support can be critical during a crisis. Helping with everyday tasks such as housework, grocery shopping, cooking, or errands can help take the burden off of your friend while they are coping with a crisis.

Encourage Professional Support

If your friend or loved one is struggling, encourage them to reach out to a mental health professional for additional support and advice. You might help them look for a therapist or even offer to drive them to their appointment.

Short-term crisis counseling can be helpful when an individual is coping with something overwhelming or traumatic. The purpose of crisis counseling is to deal with the current status of the individual dealing with a crisis. Chronic exposure to stress or trauma can lead to mental illness. Crisis counselors have skills and knowledge that can help clients cope with current stressors and trauma.

Crisis counseling is not intended to provide psychotherapy, but instead to offer short-term intervention to help clients receive assistance, support, resources, and stabilization.2

I hope that you have developed a rudimentary understanding of crisis and you will now be able to differentiate between a couple of bad days and an actual crisis.