Coping During a Life Crisis

Life is full of major challenges, like the death of someone close to you, the end of a relationship or a job loss. These crises are often unexpected and overwhelming. These traumatic situations can cause very strong emotional reactions. Understanding normal responses can help you cope effectively with thoughts, feelings and behaviors to benefit recovery. Shock and denial are typical responses and are normal protective reactions. A person may feel stunned and temporarily numb or disconnected from life. Feelings can become intense and it’s normal to be anxious, nervous or even depressed. Interpersonal relationships often become strained and frequent arguments can occur. Additionally, people can become withdrawn and isolate themselves.


Restore emotional well-being and a sense of control after a traumatic experience by:

  • Allowing time to adjust. Anticipate this as a difficult and emotional time.
  • Asking for and accepting help from people who care.
  • Look into local support groups.
  • Avoid major life decisions while under extreme stress.
  • Practice healthy behaviors such as eating well-balanced meals, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs. If serious problems persist and continue to interfere with your daily living, consult with a well trained mental health professional.