Crises are stressful circumstances by nature. They can cause individuals to suffer from their trauma or force them to push it through and act as a more powerful person. Managing your stress in crisis means that you must overcome the situation and take care of your emotional and mental well-being before it has a chance to reach you.
It's important to keep hope alive in a crisis. No matter what happens, you have to keep your hope, even if it looks like hope has packed your bags and left the farm to "find yourself". Stress and anguish can follow someone through a crisis and they become stronger only when the person gives up hope. How can a person assume some control of circumstances when they are without hope? Obviously it's almost impossible. And while some believe it takes a special kind of "gift" to be able to find hope in any position, it's not a gift. Finding hope among the ruins is savvy, and everyone can learn and practice it. What it really takes is the ability to look at circumstances and see it objectively.
The first thing to do in a crisis is to measure its magnitude. This takes a level of objectivity, but you need to look at the situation and evaluate its impact on you. Look at things you have no control over and separate from what you can still assume. By doing this you can look better because you could find some small solutions and do something constructive. Watching the crisis in this way can prevent feelings of helplessness that only adds to what stress you are experiencing.
Once you review the situation and evaluate it, you can take control of certain things. They are what you need to work on, instead of wasting time struggling with situations you can not possibly budge. When dealing with a crisis, it's important that you agree that there will always be things where you are weak. However, it will also always be what you have authority over. And as you work to improve what you can, your confidence will grow.
Another good way to prevent increased anxiety and stress is to specifically distinguish what is applied directly from the crisis, from what is unaffected. You may find that there are several factors in your life that would be terribly unchanged by a crisis. And having a set of "waterproof compartments" to keep one part of life from sinking everything, you can see the crisis like "just one" instead of breaking it all over your world.