10 Coping Strategies for Crisis


Entrepreneurs Tony and Linda Cole started and run a successful sales training business. They were on track to have a banner year when their son, Anthony, was struck down with a heart attack at age 12. In an instant, everything changed. Their new book, "Resurrecting Anthony: A True Story of Courage & Destination" (Alexandra Publishing, January 2011), tells the parallel story of how Tony and Linda dealt with the crisis and kept their business, Anthony Cole Training Group, moving forward throughout the tragedy, growing it to where it is today. 
In the aftermath of personal and business crises and tragedies such as the recent massacre in Arizona, it's important to have coping strategies.
  1.  Recruit and accept help and emotional support through family and friends. Do not try to weather the crisis alone.
  2. Confide in your primary physician.
  3. Be positive. Be proactive. Your attitude will contribute greatly to the outcome. Educate yourself and be involved as much as possible.
  4. Recognize that “This too shall pass.” You will have a “normal” life again, although it may never be as it was.
  5. Find your mental “get-away” for particularly traumatic moments.  Example: Envision yourself floating on calm water. Block out all distractions and center yourself.
  6. Focus on others. Do not internalize. Who else needs your help during this crisis? How can you help those around you?
  7. Stay busy. This is a bad time to be idle. Don’t sit home alone.
  8. Exercise regularly. Walk, run, bicycle 30 minutes every other day. The endorphins released will help you mentally and emotionally. Your sleep will improve. Your body will be stronger, and you will feel more in control.
  9. Sleep. Get a good night’s sleep. Your body and brain need the recuperation times. If you are exhausted, you will be less effective at a critical time.
  10.  Eat well. Eat well-balanced meals, lots of fruits and vegetables, good proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Your body and mind are in a state of hyper-stress. They need useful nutrients, not chemicals, processes, and additives that sap your strength.
Finally, you will have moments that you can’t avoid. Find a place--even a closet--where you can really cry. Let it come. But set a limit, perhaps four to five minutes. Afterward move on. Do not dwell.
For more information, visit www.resurrectinganthony.com.