[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o one really enjoys the feared “meltdown” situations – they drain you of vital energy, make you feel out of control, and strip you of any feelings of contentment. Most people know how to recover from a meltdown, or even avoid them…but finding peace of mind during a meltdown? Well, that’s almost unheard of. That’s why we’re going to talk about it here today, because you can actually find peace even in times of extreme anguish. Here’s a few things to keep in mind during one of those “nuclear situations”:
3 Ways to Regain Peace of Mind During a Meltdown
Give Into Your Feelings
Wait, isn’t that counterproductive? I know it seems like the exact opposite of what you should do, but fighting your feelings will only make the situation spiral even further out of control. Sometimes, you just need to let out all the emotions you have bottled up inside of you, and accept the moment as it is.
Society pushes us to always keep our composure no matter what, never fall down, and, heaven forbid, never show any human emotions because it makes us weak. However, going through a very difficult time emotionally will make you stronger in the end. Showing emotions doesn’t make you any less of a person; it actually makes you a person. Part of this human experience means accepting that sometimes, life may seem incredibly overwhelming and scary. Instead of beating yourself up about how you feel and trying to stuff your emotions back down where they came from, just let them out and accept them.
You could even go a step further and celebrate them. Hold on…why would a breakdown be a cause for celebration? Because it means you have felt the highest joy at one point in your life to even be able to acknowledge feelings of despair and pain. Almost every self-help book you read, whether by Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, or Deepak Chopra, will tell you that the key to overcoming your feelings is just to simply accept them. The more you fight them, the farther down the hole you will fall. Resistance causes suffering, plain and simple. Once you accept how you feel in the present moment and allow the emotions to move through you, you will find the most overwhelming sense of serenity.
Talk About Your Feelings
We live in a highly automated society that seems to focus on productivity and perfection, but our feelings often get pushed to the wayside. People expect you to deal with your emotions on your own, and quickly get back to your “human duties.” Feelings seem to be losing popularity in favor of facts, performance, and results. However, as long as we’re human, we will have a heart, a brain, and therefore…feelings.
You can’t hide them or pretend they don’t exist, so you may as well talk about them with someone you trust and who cares about you. No one can handle everything on their own, and you shouldn’t be expected to. If you feel that the walls are closing in on you and you can’t find the way out, reach out to a close friend or loved one who can sit and listen to what you’ve been going through.
When you release all those pent up emotions, you will immediately feel liberated, lighter, and much better than before. Don’t ever feel ashamed by asking for help – most people love when others come to them for advice or support, because it makes them feel needed and important. Everybody needs somebody sometimes, and a breakdown definitely counts as one of those times to lean on those who care about you.
Travel and Put on Relaxing Music
After you have calmed down a bit, get in your car, on your bike, or head out on foot and just travel for a little while. You can put on your favorite music, enjoy a change of scenery, and have some time to yourself. If you have been under a lot of stress lately, getting out of the house can help for a few reasons:
For one, traveling means you have to concentrate on the journey and all of your surroundings, which means it will help get your mind off of whatever you’ve been dealing with. Also, maybe you just want to be alone for a while; maybe dealing with other people just exacerbates the situation. Usually during a mental breakdown, people need to be left alone for a while to process their feelings and pray, meditate, or just try to relax.
Going for a trip into the countryside or maybe to your favorite local park will allow you to recuperate and hopefully resolve any underlying problems. Being surrounded by nature always seems to put things into perspective and mend the soul – coupled with music that sort of zones you out from all the problems in the world, this can act as a powerful natural therapy.
(Bonus) #4: Connect with your creator
Last but not least, one of the absolute most powerful ways to find mindfulness during a meltdown is to connect with the tranquil spirit that resides within you. Take three deep breaths, close your eyes, and simply ask your spirit for it’s tranquility to assist you through these trying times. You’ll be surprised at the rapid response, and the soothing energy that flows throughout your mind and body. Never forget that divine assistance always stands at the ready – if you merely ask.
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Bottom line: Anytime you have a mental/emotional/spiritual breakdown, it can feel like the whole world is crashing down around you. Let the waves of feelings wash over you, and remember not to resist them. Ride out the storm and wait for the sun to come out again, because darkness doesn’t last forever.