How do you get through a personal crisis? Many people believe that as long as you have faith, family, and friends, you are sure to get through anything. Surviving a crisis of any kind is nearly impossible to do alone; outside help is almost always necessary.
Finding Your Faith
While finding a way through crises, many people find praying, reading religious doctrines, or going to church to be comforting. There are several other ways to remind yourself of your faith and why you should hold it close.
Keep in mind, pain helps you grow. At familyshare.com, Shelli Proffitt Howells states that through pain “You grow in patience, humility and empathy.” The benefits won’t be obvious at the time, but there is always a purpose to pain. You can become a better person, gaining an ability to feel more compassion for others who are in pain.
Keeping your faith can also help you remember that you are in a temporary situation. Your pain will end, and things may not be the same. You can come out a stronger person in the end.
Support of Family and Friends
Many find it necessary to seek outside help to get through a personal crisis, particularly serious ones such as struggling with an addiction or experiencing suicidal thoughts. Such help often comes not only from family and friends, but also from trusted professionals. You’ll find that spending time with loved ones who are willing to listen to what you need to say, free of judgement, will help to alleviate some of the stress. The last thing you need is to be told what you “need” to do to overcome this obstacle. That is why professionals, or people close to you who know you well, are the best support.
The compassion your friends and family have to offer can soothe your worries, but they may also want to help you in other ways. These can include helping to locate a treatment center to help you overcome an addiction, or find a therapist who specializes in treating people going through similar circumstances. If you’re comfortable with this, take and appreciate the help.
Finding Your Way Through Personal Crises
These can be painful and even tragic at times. Whether you seek assistance through faith, family, friends, a professional, or from all of these sources of help, it’s crucial to seek help as soon as possible. The earlier you find help, the sooner you’ll be on the road to recovery. Always remind yourself that when going through hardships, your situation is temporary; others have been through, and survived, similar situations, and so can you.
Sarah Lockwood is a concerned parent and former social worker. Having worked with the public for decades and after watching her own daughter struggle with addiction, Sarah knows all too well the devastation that can be caused by drug and alcohol abuse. Sarah’s daughter is now in recovery, but her experiences with substance abuse inspired Sarah to get involved with ThePreventionCoalition.org. She plans to spread awareness and support through her work for others dealing with addiction. While Sarah devotes a lot of time to the Coalition, she makes sure to relax and enjoy the small things in life, as every day is a gift.
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