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Coping with Crisis: Finding Calm in the Mental Storm

Coping with Crisis: Finding Calm in the Mental Storm

Coping with Crisis: Finding Calm in the Mental Storm


Life is a beautiful, unpredictable ride with highs and lows that build the salient tracks of our experience. However, sometimes the dips are not just the thrill of the rollercoaster but the plunge into a dark crawl space we never signed up for — a mental health crisis. If you're in Orlando, Florida, or anywhere in the world, this intimate guide will help you find the torch in the darkness.

When mental storms strike, it can feel like the world is folding in on itself. Each second becomes a battlefield between the tears that demand release and the mind that feels like a dry, desolate landscape. In these moments, finding solace can seem as impossible as finding calm in a Category 5 hurricane.


The Psychological Hurricane Season

Mental health is our emotional homeostasis, the pulse that keeps our vital organs of life ticking. Much like the weather, our mental states can be calm and serene, or stormy and tempestuous. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to find ourselves facing extreme psychological weather conditions that can be as devastating as their meteorological counterparts.

In the context of mental health, a crisis might manifest in numerous ways:

  • Overwhelming anxiety or panic attacks.
  • Acute episodes of depression, marked by an overwhelming feeling of emptiness and despair.
  • Suicidal ideation or attempts.
  • Severe psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations or severe paranoia.

During these times, it's not rare to feel completely immobilized, unsure of how to even reach for help. Yet, it's these darkest hours where a glimmer of strength can lead to the dawn of a new day.

Navigating the Tempest

In the wake of a mental storm, the keys to navigating the aftermath are patience, self-awareness, and a mental emergency preparedness plan. To set on the path of stabilization, consider the following strategies:

1. Identify the Shelter

In the event of a physical storm, having a safe place to retreat is imperative. Similarly, in the maelstrom of a mental health crisis, identifying a safe, comforting space — both physical and psychological — is crucial. Find a place where you feel secure, whether it's a quiet corner of your home, a trusted friend's shoulder, or a clinician's office.

2. Weather the Storm

During the worst part of a mental crisis, the goal is to survive the moment. Employ mindfulness techniques to anchor yourself to the present, focus on your breath, and ground yourself with sensory experiences like touch and sight. This can help to prevent being overwhelmed by catastrophic thinking patterns, allowing you to endure.

3. Reach for the Life Raft

Knowing who to call is as important as having a phone during an emergency. Create a list of support contacts — family, friends, counselors — and call on them without hesitation. They are your lifelines, throwing you support and ensuring you don't drown in isolation.

4. Harness Your Inner Rescuer

Just as EMTs hustle to save lives during real crises, you must be your own first responder. Seek out professional help, even if it means reaching out from a place of vulnerability. A mental health professional can provide the tools and resources to start the recovery process.

5. Post-Storm Maintenance

After a crisis, there's a long road of recovery. It's essential to focus on self-care, attend therapy or support group sessions, and create a plan for future crises. Practice the tools you receive like prescribed therapies and medications. This regime acts as a psychological hurricane-proofing, helping to prevent future breakdowns or to weather them more effectively.

Proactive Treatment Strategies

Mental health is an ongoing expedition with peaks and valleys. To stay healthy and resilient:

1. Cultivate Coping Strategies

Explore and develop personalized coping strategies. This can include anything from creative outlets like art or music, to physical activities like exercise or yoga. Coping strategies act as proactive steps to manage stress and prevent crises.

2. Prophylactic Medication

In some cases, psychiatric medication can act as a prophylactic shield against the recurrence of severe mental health episodes. It's crucial to discuss the benefits and side effects with a healthcare professional and make an informed decision that suits your individual needs.

3. Verbalize Your Forecast

One of the most effective ways to hedge against a crisis is by maintaining open and honest communication with trusted individuals about your mental state. This may include informing employers, reaching out to friends, or simply being forthcoming with healthcare providers about your psychological weather.

4. Evolving with Evolve Counseling Wellness

At Evolve Counseling Wellness in Orlando, Florida, we tailor our services to help individuals not just cope with crises but to thrive through life's unpredictable weather patterns. Our therapists are not just trained professionals but compassionate humans ready to provide the guidance, tools, and shelter you need.

After the Storm: Stepping Back into Sunlight

Life after a mental crisis is much like rebuilding after a storm. It requires patience, acceptance, and often, outside help. Seeking post-crisis therapy can provide a structured environment to process and understand the experience. It's about emerging with newfound strength and preparedness, ready to face whatever clouds may gather on the horizon.

1. Personal Reflection and Assessment

Give yourself the gift of hindsight and perspective. Use the reflective space that follows a mental health crisis to understand the contributing factors, early warning signs, and your own reactions. This process is empowering and helps to allay the fears of potential future crises by being better prepared and more self-aware.

2. Engage in Supportive Relationships

Lean into the support network that has helped carry you through your darkest hour. Forming and fostering healthy, supportive relationships can be one of the most effective preventive measures against relapses.

3. Reinforce Your Emotional Infrastructure

Similar to physical structures that require fortification after a storm, your emotional infrastructure needs upkeep. Regular therapy sessions, adherence to prescribed medications, continued self-care practices, and a proactive lifestyle are the nuts and bolts that keep your mental health resilient.

4. Engage in Community and Advocacy Work

Engaging with the greater community through advocacy or support initiatives has two-fold advantages. It not only contributes positively to the mental health of individuals but also normalizes the conversation around mental health, reducing the stigma and increasing communal support and resources.


Life will always be an unpredictable ride, but with the right compass and crew, you can steer with confidence through any mental storm. If you're in Orlando, Florida, our doors at Evolve Counseling Wellness are open, offering a beacon of hope and the tools to weather any form of psychological tempest. Remember, no hurricane lasts forever, and no matter the damage, we are capable of rebuilding with strength, resilience, and newfound understanding. If you're looking for a counselor in Orlando, FL, contact Evolve Counseling Wellness today for more information.