It’s Probably Just a Problem, Not a Crisis


Non-crisis management & Mindfulness

Identify which emotions you’re feeling about the problem and how strongly each one is being felt – anger, fear, disappointment, sadness, etc.

Disengage emotionally from the problem. Breathe in. Breathe out. Tell yourself: “My emotions don’t help me here.” Breathe in. Breathe out.

Remember it’s a problem, not a crisis. Breathe in. Breathe out. “Work” the problem in a professional manner.

Unless you’re a member of the emergency services or other “first responders,” most things you have to deal with can wait five or ten minutes, sometimes five or ten hours and even occasionally five or ten days.

Learn to appreciate the differences between a real emergency or crisis and just a problem, even if it’s a difficult problem to which you would urgently like to have solution. Accept the continuous incompleteness of life, of the universe and of everything else.

Key topics
Crisis management & Mindfulness; emotional self-control, keep calm and breathe on