Tips to Stay Calm During a Crisis
Are you wondering how to stay calm in the storm? Normally, I have no trouble sitting down to write twice per week. Sometimes I struggle to choose a topic, but once I get hooked on one the words usually flow. Today, I’ve been sitting here for nearly an hour bouncing from one idea to the next, and nothing has stuck.
So, I thought I’d do something different today. Today, I’m just going to sit here and tell you what I’m thinking and what I’m feeling. This is just me to you. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you’ll probably recognize this writing style. It’s a lot more personal.
For anyone reading this post in the future, right now we are facing a worldwide pandemic and people are self-isolating to protect us all against the spread of this disease.
And the one thing that this has got me to thinking is about how to remain calm in the storm.
You see, I’ve been watching.
I’ve been watching our world leaders.
I’ve been watching people on social media.
I’ve been watching other blog owners.
And I’ve been watching business owners.
And I’ve been wondering… what does it mean to be a good leader? Who is stepping up and who is falling apart?
In other words, who is managing to stay calm in the storm?
And the conclusion that I’ve come to is that the ones who are stepping up.
The ones who are helping.
Are the ones who are staying grounded in what they’ve always done.
They aren’t flip-flopping.
They aren’t changing what they do to suit the present moment.
Sure, they might be adjusting to address the present issues, but it’s still from a standpoint of… this is who I am, this is how I can help.
And so, I have been thinking about how each of us can stand up this way to remain calm in the storm.
Leaders who have always promised to help those less fortunate, are helping those less fortunate.
Businesses that have promised to be ethical and responsible, and being ethical and responsible.
People who have certain gifts, are teaching and sharing as a way to help.
It all comes down to this:
What are your strengths?
What do you stand for?
What have you always done, and how can it help others?
Becoming very clear about your values is more critical now than it has ever been.
Because your values are being tested right now.
So if you want to stay calm in the storm,
Or even stand up and become a leader,
I have some suggestions.
Do What You Always Do
This isn’t the time to step out of your comfort zone (though that’s usually what I am promoting). Nope—this is the time to step back and ask yourself what your strengths are and what are you most comfortable doing.
Keeping to your routines as much as possible will help you to remain calm in the storm, because it will provide a sense of grounding. And if your routines are thrown off because of the storm, quickly find some new ones to take their place.
Ask Yourself How You Can Help
The people I see stepping up as true leaders right now are taking “what they always do” a step further. They are adapting what they always do to see how it can help other people. Figure out what talents you have or what “assets” you already possess that can help other people through the storm.
That might mean sharing your knowledge, making people laugh, helping others to stay grounded…. teaching what you know. Whatever you are already good at—how could it benefit others?
Stay True to Your Values
Those who remain calm in the storm aren’t confused about how to act, because they are always choosing to act in accordance with their values. Once you know what you value in life, it will be easier to be steadfast. What do you value most?
Keep Yourself Busy
It’s so easy so bounce from one thing to the next, when it feels like everyone around you is in a panic. One way to remain calm in the storm is simply to stay busy. Get busy doing important things that will make a difference, instead of thinking about how powerless you feel. Every little bit helps.
Look to the Leaders
As Fred Rogers said, during times of crisis, look to the helpers. In this case, look to the leaders who are staying calm in the storm. What are they doing? How are they helping? Then, go out and do some of that yourself.
I apologize if this veers a bit off course from my normal posts. I have to say, it’s hard to write about social anxiety when it seems like such as small part of the world right now.
I asked about this on social media, but I’ll ask it here too: is there are still social anxiety if there is no social contact? It’s an issue I’ve been struggling to answer for myself.