5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart
“Black black sky. Ripping away at my mood. Sharing grief with my soul. Angels of darkness prey upon the city. Selfish people: we are all one of them. Selfish acts: we certainly all commit them. Chains seem to bind us as we watch atrocities unfold. Who can blame the human race for crying out for help? I must calm and pacify my mind, lest I lose it.” —Mara’s journal entry 4/19/13
The world craves something. Something deeper than what it has. All of inside have the ability to become someone filled with hate, rage and murder. But it is what we do with our emotions and pain that shapes who we are. Recent tragic events may have left you wondering how to sustain your existence, how to continue on. Loneliness may be at your core right now and you may feel that no one could possibly understand your level of pain. So what do you do when you feel like your world is falling apart?
1. Take 15 minutes and write/type every single word that comes to your mind, no matter how ridiculous it sounds. This is not for Facebook or Twitter publication…it is only for YOU. Write down every single emotion that surfaces and every thought. Save the file on your computer or write it in a safe place in a journal. Get to the root of your emotions. Starting this practice will help you get to know a very important person….you. What is going on in your life?
2. There is someone is the world that has had a similar life experience as you. Seek them out. You may be dealing with your spouse being diagnosed with a chronic disease. You may have experienced a recent betrayal from a good friend, or you may have just gone through the death of a loved one or a pet. Or you may have been diagnosed with a difficult illness yourself and not know how to handle it. When you can find someone who understands you, it will comfort you and help you through your challenges. Combat loneliness with friendship.
3. Turn towards relaxation methods. Practice calming your mind. Meditation and prayer have been scientifically proven to bring you into a more positive and tranquil state. Yoga, stretching, tai chi and other body movements can help you relax as well. Our world is full of over-stimulation and it is important to learn how to be quiet and still every once in awhile. If possible, take some time off and visit the countryside. Get some fresh air and clear your head.
4. Food habits are the last thing that we want anyone to tell us to change. Many times when we are in pain, we turn to food to numb us. But it is important to ask yourself: What are you fueling your body with? Our bodies are amazing machines. Whatever we put into them in the way of fuel, then that is the level of energy and mood that we will get out of them. Find healthy foods that you LIKE to eat, and eat them. For goodness sake, if you don’t like broccoli, then don’t eat broccoli. Food is meant to be enjoyed. Find a smoothie recipe you enjoy or make a snack tray made of your favorite veggies.
5. Take some time to read your favorite book. It’s just like food: whatever you put into your mind is what you are going to get out of it. Pick a subject that you know will help you sort out your emotions.
Our bodies and minds are incredible; we can take a beating but sometimes we have to detox from our environment physically, emotionally and spiritually. Take some time to get to know yourself and understand the situation you are going through. It will make you stronger and more resilient.
Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at email@example.com