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.