Coping in a Rural Crisis

There is no magic solution in these times of rural difficulty. We need to find positive ways to work our way through.

The information on this page will help you to know how men and women feel in crisis situations. It will show how you can UNDERSTAND YOURSELF and help control your life and how to avoid some pitfalls.

In any crisis, it is normal to have a variety of strong feelings, which may change from time to time. These feelings are NORMAL. They usually last for only a limited period and give away to other feelings.

NORMAL FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS IN A CRISIS

ANGER
  • at what has happened, at whoever or whatever caused it or allowed it to happen, at those trying to help, at those not affected or not as badly affected.
  • at the injustice.
  • at the shame and indignities.
  • at the lack of proper understanding by others.
  • WHY ME, WHY US!
HELPLESSNESS
  • crisis how up human powerlessness as well as strengths.
FEAR of
  • the future
  • “breaking down”
  • “losing control”
  • being left alone
  • loved ones having to leave
  • having to leave loved ones
  • losing the business or farm or lifestyle
  • the uncertainty.

Expressing strong feelings when they are aroused is not Loss of Control. Bottling them up may lead to increased stress and resulting in explosions (e.g. violent outbursts) and reduced efficiency. Crying gives relief.