We’re experiencing a big health crisis right now. A lot is going on… the world has shut down. People are getting sick and dying. Our normal way of life has been turned upside down. Kids are home from school. We’re all working from home. We’re wearing facemasks to go out in public. The economy has tanked, along with our 401k’s. We’re worried about what’s going to happen in our homes, in our communities, in our country, and our world. This is the definition of a crisis and it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole right now and feel completely overwhelmed, panicked, and out of control. ​

So, the question is… how do we get through this? How do we navigate our way through these stormy waters without losing our minds? ​

Change your mindset – A big part of staying calm in a crisis has to do with your mindset. You can’t control what’s happening in the world, but you CAN control how you are going to react to it. You can choose to panic and freak out, or you can choose to ground yourself and examine your options. ​

Lean into the chaos to find peace — The first step is to lean into the chaos rather than running away from it. You find peace once you can surrender to what’s happening. Fighting against the reality of what’s happening brings a lot of pain and suffering. Accepting the situation for what it is, brings peace to find solutions to the problems in front of you. ​

Let it go — Letting go of what you can’t control is a decision that you make. I can’t control what’s happening with the economy right now. I can’t control what’s happening with this disease, so instead, I’m going to choose to let them go. Worrying about these things does nothing for you, other than stealing your joy. Letting go is a beautiful process that frees you from the burden and suffering. ​

What you pay attention to become reality — You can focus on the hardships, or you can focus on the beauty around you. This is your choice. And it’s a choice that can bring you more stress or more peace and freedom. What sounds better to you? ​

Try Mediating — This is the perfect time to start up a meditation practice. Meditation is probably my biggest weapon to stay calm in a crisis. Did you know that the breathing exercises we practiced were a form of meditation? Focusing on your breath is one meditative technique to calm the mind. Prioritizing 10 minutes per day to center yourself will change your life. You’ll feel more grounded, more anchored. You’ll be able to access higher levels of thinking. Solutions will flow to you. Stressful situations won’t negatively affect you as much as before. I can’t emphasize this enough. Start meditating! ​

Practice Gratitude — And finally, practice gratitude. When you deliberately say thank you, and look for things to be grateful for in your life, you shift yourself into a growth mindset. This allows you to receive greater inspiration, creativity, abundance, happiness, joy, and success. We all have so much to be grateful for right now… the roof over our heads, the food in our refrigerators, our health, our loved ones, etc. Say thank you and say it often. Feel the gratitude in your heart and sit with that feeling. It will always help you feel more calm, centered, peaceful, and happy. That’s just what we need in a crisis. ​