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Coping Through Crises by Connecting With Others

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The good news is that you can create a psychological turnaround and increase your ability to cope effectively— especially during a crisis — if you work through your challenges with the help of others. One of the most important things you can do is to communicate your feelings to someone. Talking to those who care about us when we’re struggling allows us to get out of the swirl inside our heads, releases us, and allows room for fresh perspectives and insights.

At the onset of a crisis, it’s normal for some of our heart feelings to shut down, especially during the initial shock, fear, and focus on survival and safety. It’s understandable to experience this, and it’s really helpful to re-open our heart connections with others as soon we can. This deeper connection and communication helps to keep our hearts open to intuitive guidance for the most effective next steps to take. Connecting with others can‘t eliminate all stressful situations but it can add a quiet comfort along with increasing our stability within the experience. It also provides a collective, heart-based strength to move forward in moments when it seems we can’t.

Easier said than done for some, right? It helps to start by communicating in a connected way within yourself. HeartMath’s Inner Ease™ Technique helps to align your mind and emotions with your heart feelings. Ease is an inner attitude of slowing down our internal and external systems so we can create flow rather than turbulence. Here’s how:

  • Notice what you’re feeling. Be what we call at HeartMath “heart vulnerable”– be honest with yourself about how you feel right now. Admit that you’re sad, scared, or whatever is true for you. Don’t judge it as good or bad. Emotions are just energy.
  • Do the Quick Coherence Technique.
  • As you get into Heart-focused Breathing as part of the technique, draw in a feeling of inner ease, balance, and self-care.
  • Affirm, anchor, and maintain your state of inner ease.
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Deborah, from HeartMath

Deborah Rozman, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the for-profit Quantum Intech Inc (dba HeartMath Inc.) Deborah has been deeply committed to awareness development and personal growth for 40 years. Deborah is co-author with Doc Childre of Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, Transforming Depression and Stopping Emotional Eating.


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5:30AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

We're not alone

11:10AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

10:23AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

'No man is an island...'

4:19AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

I have a wonderful group of women friends who can share everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. We called ourselves "the Sistahs" and just have to get together every so often to share. Thanks for the reminder! It is time for some more "Sistah time".

4:14AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

"I get by with a little help from my friends."

1:26AM PST on Dec 5, 2012


11:59PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

An excellent article. Thanks!

2:01PM PST on Dec 4, 2012


5:01AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

thank you for this wonderful article. =]]

3:16AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Thanks for sharing

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