So how can we begin to come out of survival mode? Here are a few tips.
Acknowledge that you are in survival mode. A person in survival mode can rarely put the mental energy into recognizing that they are in survival mode. I had to be completely out of survival mode to realize that I had been in it. Once you can acknowledge that you are in survival mode, things can begin to change.
Breathe. Breathing can be extremely beneficial as it allows you to slow down your thoughts and relax your body. Taking deep, cleansing breaths can give you the energy and the opportunity to see outside of the present moment.
Begin making plans. As stated before, making plans is hard when you are in survival mode. Making plans and having something to look forward to can help because it will break the daily rut of just surviving until the next day.
Accept help. If someone is genuinely offering you help, please take them up on it. Accepting help with just one thing could give you the moments you need to breathe and clear your head.
Some final thoughts on coming out of survival mode.
This is not your lot in life. If you identify with being in survival mode, take solace in the fact that you do not have to continue operating in survival mode. You can get out and stay out.
Move forward. When you finally make your way out of survival mode, do not look back. Keep moving forward, continuing to do those things that worked to get you out of survival mode.
Plan. Plan. Plan. Always have something to look forward to. Whether it is having brunch with a friend or planning some alone time for yourself, give yourself something to look forward to.
Survival mode is easy to get into but can sometimes be difficult to get out of. Try not to be too hard on yourself as you go through this process. Comment below if you have ever been in survival mode and what it looked like for you. If you were able to get out of survival mode, share how you were able to do that.
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