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How to React in a Moment of Crisis

ByDave Stopher

Jan 24, 2017

We have all at one point in our lives been in a crisis. Whether that crisis was a natural disaster, a house fire, or even an emotionally distressing event. How have you conducted yourself in times like these? While every crisis is different there are some things to keep in mind whenever you must respond to a stress-inducing e.

The first piece of advice someone gives you after a moment of crisis is invariably to breathe deeply, to relax, and to sit down. But when your blood is rushing and your heart’s pounding, calming down is one of the most difficult things you can do. Instead of immediately attempting to revert back to a state of normalcy, channel the excess of energy you have in order to assess the situation at hand. Depending on your environment you still may be in danger and need to get away. Understand the situation before trying to get your body to calm down.

Once you know you’re in a safe place you can start really assessing what just happened. If it’s a car accident you know you need to get the other driver’s information and possibly call a towing company to help move your car to a secure area where it can get the repairs it needs. If you realise that your house has just been burgled and are in a state to wrap your head around what’s happened, you’ll probably want to call the police so that they can investigate. Once the adrenaline isn’t circulating around your body quite so much, you can allow yourself to take a step back and get a fuller view of what has happened.

During your assessment of the situation you’ll have to consider how the incident occurred in the first place. To do this, you’ll have to focus on recalling the events that have transpired in as clear a manner as possible so that you can report them to the local police or drink driving solicitor.

Whatever crisis you’re in, realise that the worst will soon have passes. Whatever degree of anxiety you are currently experiencing, there are people out there who are willing to help you get through this difficult time. You need only to ask for help, and you’ll find an empathetic answer.