When Crisis Hits!
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- Understand what happens in your body, brain and nervous system after a shock
- Have tools to support yourself or others to heal
- When a crisis hits, it helps to understand trauma and what to do next for support and healing.
- There are no pre-requisites for the course
Our lives can change in a moment. A tragic accident. An illness. Loss of a job or relationship. We respond in predictable ways as we assimilate the shock to our system and come to terms with our new reality.
Understand the basics of how we are affected by a crisis and what supports healing. I have recovered from PTSD and I have taught thousands of people to meditate and heal from trauma. It is possible and I can help you too.
- We are all affected when crisis trauma happens. It could be a tragic accident, a sudden death or loss. This course is for you if you are experiencing that now or if you would like to be prepared by building resilience and strength.
When we understand trauma and a compulsive mind, it helps us have patience as we heal. It is possible to heal and to be kind with ourselves. We can trust again and open up our creativity and joy in our life. There are simple tools that free us.
It is normal for our system to respond in predictable ways after a shock or when we are in a crisis. It affects our body, brain, sleep and many other ways. Our nervous system and brain have a natural capacity for healing and we can align ourselves with that.
In a split second, everything changes. It is a process to let it in. We go from chaotic to numb, tears to anger, shut down to feeling swamped with intense feelings. It takes to assimilate this.
We might torture ourselves with our thoughts as we try to make sense of the situation. We desperately want a different outcome and we have trouble accepting the new reality.
We hate to feel powerless, especially with a sudden change for the worse. Our primitive brain is alarmed and we turn to coping mechanisms. We might experience flashbacks until our brain is able to heal itself. This resolves with time.
See Section 2 for guided practices.
When something changes suddenly, it dysregulates our whole system. A stable, predictable, familiar and calm environment helps us feel safe and to heal. As much as possible, insulate yourself from difficult situations and people in the days immediately following a shock.
Everyone has their own way of going into fight, flight or freeze. We have long established relationships in families that can make things more difficult. Ideally support flows from people less affected to those in the center of the trauma.
Seek support from the outside, for example a massage, go to a yoga class, or asking someone to come over and go for a walk. Give yourself permission to take care of yourself.
Everyone's lives are affected. We need more sleep and time to heal. Clear as much space in your schedule as possible. It will really help.
It is legitimate to ask for what you need. Be specific about what will help. Put your self-care as a high priority and give yourself the time, space and resources to heal. What you need will change moment to moment, so allow for that.
We need to move our bodies to let the energy move through. Consider dance, yoga, relaxations, breathing, reiki, massage, swimming and walking. Support your body through nourishing food, plenty of water and breathing fresh air in a peaceful setting.
Many people have a fear of feeling the sensations and energy in their body so we think about it or avoid it. This practice guides you through a safe way to feel what is in your body and to look at the associated thoughts without being overwhelmed by memories.
Working with our breath is a powerful support. We can use a practice like Box Breathing for an immediate reset when we feel anxious or like we're edging into panic. Try smooth even breathing or extended exhalation practices to really build resilience and strength.
Pro tip: pick up a book and read out loud for a few minutes. This engages part of our brain that interrupts panic.
We actually can train our mind to not follow catastrophic thinking and worse case scenarios through mindfulness and two powerful tools. Tapping and Tracing are explained in this video along with the opportunity to try it yourself.
Can you worry while you relax your forehead and eyebrows? Try this simple 3 minute practice and see for yourself (spoiler alert - it can't be done!)
Pro tip: pick up a book and read out loud for a few minutes