“Stay calm” is the phrase you hear no matter how bad your situation is.
However, it seems harder to do, even if you know that panicking makes things worse.
So, how do you stay calm in an emergency?
Well, two words ought to do the trick.
I know it’s easier said than done, and not everyone can “stay calm.”
I get it.
But what if it’s a matter of life and death?
What if you need to react immediately?
Things can get really confusing, and it’s not going to be easy to make decisions.
Many questions come to mind in any emergency, and quite frankly, we don’t have time to think in most cases.
So, in this article, I want to show you exactly how you can stay calm, regardless of what situation you might find yourself in.
How to Remain Calm in Stressful Situations
We are only human, and we can’t help but panic every now and then.
Whether it be from the extra loud scream of your wife for no apparent reason or you’re in a real-world situation.
The panic button is always there.
So, how do we stay calm in stressful situations?
There’s no real answer to such a question, as we all handle stressful situations differently.
However, there are several things we can do to help us remain calm in stressful situations.
1. Don’t Panic
The last thing you want to do in a stressful situation is panic, although 35% of the population will experience a panic attack at some point.
Doing so will only worsen things, and eventually, you’ll lose control of the situation.
When something happens and you panic, you need to stay calm, or things will worsen.
Taking a step back and thinking about what is going on is a million times better than reacting frantically and panicking.
2. Take a Deep Breath
It sounds pretty cliche or even stupid, but there is a lot that a deep breath can do.
For one, it helps you take a step back and think about what is happening around you.
Without that deep breath, you’ll find yourself making decisions based on the emotional wreck you’ve become.
Take a deep breath, let it out, and repeat as necessary.
You’ll see that you don’t need to panic, which will help you handle the situation better.
If you own an apple watch, think about how long and deep those breaths are on the breathing app.
3. Think Before You Act
If you reacted the way you do when someone scares you and throws whatever you are holding, imagine how you would react in an emergency.
You have to understand that panicking is not going to make anything better.
Think about who is around you and who you will need to protect.
Surviving as a parent isn’t easy, and hey, most of you have already done it.
If you aren’t a parent, I’m sure you’ve survived the bill collector or some other thing.
4. Take a Walk
I don’t mean go for a walk down the street, and I don’t mean pace back and forth, either.
Take a simple, relaxed walk that a calm person would take.
Don’t walk fast, and don’t try to panic.
Get yourself together and walk.
People tend to panic to make it seem as if they’re concerned or being productive when they’re really not.
Don’t be one of them.
5. Don’t Move
Sometimes walking around and talking makes things worse.
Depending on how you are as a person, you need to handle things in a way that will benefit you.
If walking doesn’t work, try keeping still.
Take that deep breath we spoke about earlier, and maybe even close your eyes.
Doing these things will help you stay calm in stressful situations, especially if things are really chaotic.
Many situations in life will cause you all kinds of stress.
Me, I hate crowds.
Not to the point where I’m trying to survive a crowd crush, but just crowds in general.
Crowds in a restaurant, the mall, or anywhere that people gather.
People screaming cause me stress, and my wife always does it.
Not just screaming but panic screaming over the wind blowing.
The worst type of stressful situation is when things go wrong.
Accidents, children playing in the playground, or anything harmful to humans.
If you can’t stand them like me, try to avoid them as much as possible.
Conclusion – Stay Calm in Stressful Situations
I know it sounds crazy, but the last thing you want to do in an emergency is to panic.
You don’t help anyone, and you become part of the problem.
Don’t be that person.
Instead, gather yourself, assess your situation, and figure out what you can do next.
Don’t try to be a hero or do anything extraordinary.
Just stay calm, and you should be fine.
I hope you have learned a thing or two about how to stay calm in stressful situations, as I know it’s not the easiest thing to do.
If you follow some of the tips in this guide, I’m sure you can handle any situation.
Until then, stay calm, and don’t forget to subscribe to the guide.