We navigate some of the most challenging moments in our lives by examining the archetypal passage of crisis.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that compares to a moment of crisis in the health department. Whether it is happening to you or a loved one, it can feel like you got socked in the stomach. Sometimes you are inconsolable, sometimes you are tough as nails. You have been asked to step up and be strong when your body may be betraying this request, acting just the opposite.
When I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I was really scared and had a bit of a meltdown. I have since learned that it is a bump in the road that I’m traveling, and I’ve wrapped my brain around it by reading a million different ways to manage it (my primary archetype is Intellectual). I know that when you receive bad news about your health, there is a sort of black hole of fear and worry you stumble into and you get tunnel vision; you can’t think about anything else, you can’t sleep, you can’t eat.
If you are suffering and in the middle of a serious medical condition or crisis – and it is dubious or downright bad news – you can feel fear, anger, desperation and hopelessness. All you want to do is forget about it for a minute, a day, even a week. You trick yourself for a moment and think that maybe you’re fine – it’s true you do go through the phases of grief and denial is a big one. Your archetypes can lead you through these tough times for moments of clarity and control. Here are a few ideas to help you cope, plus a cautionary tip to watch out for: