By: Stanley Popovich
You never know when a disaster may strike unexpectantly.
Sometimes, a person can become paralyzed by fear and anxiety when something happens.
As a result, here are seven suggestions on how to stay calm and focused during an emergency.
1. Take deep breaths: The key is not to panic when something does happen. Taking deep breaths will help you to reduce your anxiety and will help you to think more clearly when something does happen.
2. Think of something positive: After taking some deep breaths, the next step is to think of something positive. A person could say a prayer or think of their favorite vacation spot which will help to counter any negative thoughts.
Another way to manage your fearful thoughts during an emergency is to visualize a red stop sign in your mind. When a negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something uplifting to help calm down during an emergency.
3. Say a prayer: A person could say a small prayer asking God to help them during an emergency. Praying can help get rid of your fears and anxieties when you are in a scary situation. Asking God for help is a great way to seek comfort and provides hope that God will help you through this emergency.
4. Evaluate your surroundings: Once you calm down, be aware of what is going on around you. Try to find things near you that can help you get to safety. In addition, use common sense and good judgment in your decisions. For example, don’t stand by a window during a tornado or stay low to the ground when your building or home is on fire because smoke always rises.
5. Develop a plan to get to safety: After evaluating your situation, try to come up with a strategy to get yourself to safety. In addition, follow any safety advice from others if you have access to a radio or a cell phone.
6. Give yourself positive encouragement: As you make your way to safety, keep telling yourself that you will make it and that you will survive. In addition, continue thinking of something positive to reduce your anxieties. It is important that you do not panic as you make your way to safety.
Remember that worrying about the current situation will only makes things worse. All the worrying in the world will not change anything. All you can do is to try to calm down and then focus on how you can get to a safe place.
7. Educate yourself on surviving a disaster: Talking to a mental health counselor is a great way of finding ways to manage your fears when a disaster strikes. If you live in an area that is prone to certain disasters, educate yourself on what you should do if something happens. Being prepared could mean the difference between life and death.
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