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  • 1. When A Crisis Strikes…What You Can Do To Survive and Thrive The BasicsA crisis can strike at any time in our lives and generally we are never prepared for it(otherwise it wouldn’t be a crisis!). Sergio and I want to share in this series how wemanaged to cope going through the biggest crisis that we ever experienced. We’ll start withthe basics.One of the first things to do when a crisis strikes your life is focus on the things that you DOhave some control over. Taking care of your body during a crisis is paramount to having theenergy to cope with whatever you are going through. There are three very basic parts totaking care of yourself: exercise, rest, and food.ExerciseExercising will help you to get oxygen flowing into yourblood stream which helps to eliminate toxins in your body(stress being a huge one). It releases endorphins whichgives you energy. It can help clear the mind so that youcan gain a different perspective. When a crisis firststrikes, you may not have the energy for vigorousexercise so keep it simple. Taking a walk— especially ifyou can get out into nature—can be very soothing. Yogais an excellent form of exercise. Besides increasing theblood circulation and the flexibility of your muscles, ithelps you calm your mind. There are plenty of other formsof exercise that are beneficial so choose the one thatfeels best for you. You have control of your time so besure to schedule it and stay committed to exercising, even if you don’t feel like it. You willmost likely feel better afterwards. The most important thing is to do something physicalwithin your capabilities.
  • 2. RestRest and sleep are just as important. Listen to your body so that you can give yourself whatyou need. When a crisis happens, it is natural to feel exhausted all the time. Our souls leaveour bodies when we sleep and are able to reconnect to the Source energy. When goingthrough something very traumatic, our bodies will often need more sleep, and that’s ok. Itgives us a chance to rest and build up the energy we need to cope. There needs to be agood balance between the two, especially during a crisis. Be kind to yourself and listen toyour body as to what it needs. For some people, sleep is very difficult. In that case, try to doa deep relaxation meditation. Melatonin is a natural supplement that can help you sleep.Magnesium has been known to help you be calm and taking Epsom salt baths are a greatway to relax. A last resort is some sort of pharmaceutical sleeping pill but this is notsomething we would recommend unless it is impossible to sleep otherwise.An easy technique that can help your body cope immediately with any stressful situation isbreathing. This is particularly good if you have a difficult time in meditation too. Taking deepbreaths and exhaling slowing is a natural way to calm the body and heart. Imaginebreathing with the rhythm of the ocean. As you inhale, fill your entire diaphragm (your chestdown to stomach) and exhale slowly making sure to empty the diaphragm completely.Count to 5 with each inhalation and exhalation and try to do this several times a day.Food This goes hand in hand with exercise and rest. Eating properly is essential and vital for you in a trying time. Be sure to get lots of pure and natural foods, fruits and vegetables and avoid processed, sugary foods as much as possible. A healthy diet will help you maintain the energy you need. If you turn to alcohol, drugs, sugar, or any other substance, you will make it tougher for yourself to cope with the difficult circumstances. Why make it harder for yourself? Extreme stress wrecks havoc with your nervous system and it’simportant to try to balance that out. Eating healthy foods helps keep your weakenedimmune system strong and replaces nutrients that are quickly burned up in stressfulsituations.Also, very important is water, water and more water. Drink lots of water to hydrate yourbody. Adult bodies are 70% water and drinking a lot helps to keep you healthy by cleansingout your system regularly. Bless the water you drink. I highly recommend reading TheHidden Messages of Water by Emoto Masuru and you will understand just how importantwater is in our lives. Giving your body the proper nutrition is just like putting the right kind offuel into your car so it runs properly. It will help to keep you physically balanced during anytough time.
  • 3. These tips are just to cover the very basics and what to work on when any crisis first strikes.There is often a feeling of powerlessness that comes with a crisis and these are some smallways that will help you feel you do have some control.About the Author:Karin Volo is an expert in career development, tough transitions, and personal development. Karin has over 15 years experience working in Executive Search, with a unique international understanding of building successful businesses on two continents. Having worked with start-up companies to international organizations, she has gained a broad business viewpoint and has also helped hundreds of individuals discover and find their dream jobs. The common thread with all of her clients has been that they are experiencing a transformation. Visit InspiringYourVeryBest.com for more great information and resources!