Monday, June 20, 2016

Contain the damage by planning for it in advance

The scary part about it anxiety is, sometimes you’re too overwhelmed to figure out what to do about the problem. 

Ask anyone who’s ever suffered a panic attack or an anxiety episode or a depressive spiral, reaching out for help when you’re despondent is like making a phone call when you’re vomiting. It just doesn’t seem physically or emotionally possible. 

The secret, then, is to plan for catastrophe in advance. To contain the damage by anticipating it when you’re in a calm, cool state. That way, you can execute when the pressure is on. Because you have already created a menu of things to do when a trigger approaches.

I had a friend in college with severe diabetes. And on the rare occasion when his blood sugar plummeted, he would race into his dorm room, open his left desk drawer, whip out an emergency juice box and chug it until his glucose level spiked. 

It was a sight to behold. Despite the overwhelming feelings that accompanied his hypoglycemia, he knew exactly how to handle the situation. Cody was a master at handling incoming catastrophe. He had no choice. Diabetes is serious business. 

But then again, so are anxiety and depression. Mental health is no joke. And so, whether the pain is biological, emotional, existential or psychological, it’s always helpful to have a contingency plan in place. A reservoir of different tools to help you manage the damage. A portable tool kit to allow you to respond to whatever feelings might arise. 

And the best part is, it can be customized to your specific needs. An effective contingency plan contains whatever strategies and remedies and techniques are healthy, meaningful and effective for your unique experience. 

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