Jen Rulon

How to Seek Help During a Life Crisis

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing a life crisis like family problems, dealing with death, or mental stress, don’t worry because you’re not alone!

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, tens of millions of people each year are affected by some form of mental illness. However, it is estimated that only about half of the people involved receiving some treatment. In addition, mental illness isn’t the only thing that can affect your daily life — stressors like relationship conflicts, job burnout, and much more can also lead you to seek help or treatment. So with that in mind, read on to find out how you can help yourself, or someone you know, should circumstances arise.

1. Isolated During a Crisis

When going through a crisis, it’s natural to feel alone and isolated from the rest of the world, which can significantly affect a person’s state of mind. To help combat feelings of isolation, we recommend building a personal community as a support group. You can foster different support systems, such as a group consisting of family and friends for personal matters and another group with colleagues and co-workers to talk about work. Each group, though different, has the same purpose: to connect you with people and help you build meaningful relationships to get you through your crisis.

2. Going Through Marriage Problems

While trying to get through relationship troubles, couples may feel ashamed, especially if they don’t want other people to know about their challenges. However, if you or your partner needs help, you can try working with a licensed marriage and family therapist. Licensed marriage and family therapists are trained health professionals who can evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide range of relationship issues that commonly occur within marriages — behavioral or mental health problems. Licensed therapists in Texas, in particular, possess a master’s degree and have passed the Texas Jurisprudence Exam, making them well qualified to help couples through marriage problems.

3. Dealing with a Death in the Family

The loss can be devastating when a loved one passes away. When you are in mourning, things may seem very difficult, but getting proper support is not impossible. The first thing to do is to reach out to someone close to you, like a friend or family member, and talk. Maybe even go for a walk and connect with people that love you. If you don’t feel that you have anyone close to you, you could speak with a grief counselor who can listen to how you think and guide you as you process your grief. Dealing with loss never gets easy, but you will get through it in time and with the proper support.

4. Struggling with Mental Health

Mental health problems can cause immeasurable pain and suffering to the individual and the family and friends involved. Luckily, there are several resources available to anyone seeking help. For example, veterans and their family members can secure the services of the VA Mental Health and the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator in dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for anyone seeking help with mental health problems. This is one example of many more avenues that cater to different mental health issues for more personalized care.


It can be challenging if you or a family member or friend are dealing with any life crisis, whether isolation, marriage, death, or other mental health issues. Just remember, some people love you and can help you get through it. Hopefully, these tips can help you reach out for help and support should the first signs of a crisis appear.


AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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