One of the more tricker things of being intuitive is reading for yourself when your baseline is off. The more optimal time to read for yourself is when you are in a neutral, blissful state. Ideally after some mood boosting activity (ie. meditation, working out, reading or writing, or connecting in nature in some way). Any mental or physical venting process will do the trick. However, in real life the circumstances may not allow for this ideal setting. Your best bet is to use other means when you are highly stressed.
Ask Your Angels to Intervene on Your Behalf
If you are experiencing extreme distress a go to is to ask your angels to intervene on your behalf. (A tip I received from my mentor) When initiating this request, be specific here. It is important you say out loud or with the greatest intention internally that “your angels intervene on your behalf”. So they have your permission to give you the assistance you most need at that time. This will allow your team to lay out the signals, messages, or next steps for you. Speaking of next steps, also ask your team to “Clearly Lay out the next steps before you.” This will help to make things obvious.
One of the safer meet up spots for our interdimensional team to communicate with us is in the dream realm. Before you go to bed create your own prayer that only invites higher energy around you. Here is a snippet of what I say before I go to bed,"It is my intention to perpetually block all beings below the 5th dimension.….. I vow to protect my overall health,...my family, friends, all members of my soul group, my life passions, finances.... Also anybody or anything aiming anything negative at me or my family I deflect it back to you. This intention exists in all time space, frequencies, and dimensions. Angels please surround me and protect me and show me the most obvious path to the truth.” Lastly before you dose off, ask your team for a communication dream and to relay the message as clearly as possible so you have the ability to interpret the message once awake.
This is one of my favorite ways to intuit messages, especially when my anxiety is high. Very briefly before I intuit I ask for a higher benevolent being to relay a message that is most important for the occasion I am writing for. Be it my own personal journal entry, a general monthly reading, or a specific Empath message. I also freehand a looped scribble (most of the time) before I automatic write. This helps me to see or hear the message I am getting. Teal Swan has a video on this here.
I was trained by my mentor to use oracle cards, but tarot cards work as well. Before you use your cards, set your intention and ask for the messages related to your question to appear. Whatever spread you use, look at the cards and intuit your own message. Try not to refer to the book explanation at first and gather your own conclusion. If you are drawn to cards it would be helpful to create a journal with your cards and when that time period has passed that you intuited for, you can update your journal with what transpired to see how your intuition correlated with events.
**** Side Note In times when I am in crisis, I do not really use pendulums as much because in this state I am influencing the result unconsciously. In order to get an accurate result a neutral state is required. Otherwise I can affect the reading by subconsciously telling it to give me a yes or no response. This is akin to the Double Slit experiment where the experimenter was unknowingly influencing the result with his experiment with his thoughts.
Look to Nature
We live in a well crafted simulation that brings forth the events, people, and other happenings with careful precision. Nothing is random. Everything in our reality is brought forward to help us evolve. Because this a system that we are helping to create you can ask for synchronicities to present themselves to confirm or guide your next steps. Nature beings, vehicles, or someone you know or not know may randomly say something to you which will be exactly the information you need for an issue.
The intense energy we are experiencing is creating a lot of ripple effects. It is important that you have ways to anchor yourself if things get intense for you.