As discussed in the last blog, most modern day crisis is not as life threatening as the ones we faced during the stone age. Therefore, acting fast is not the priority in most cases. Given that this is the case, let’s look at a few tips that will help you keep calm during crisis.
Don’t act on impulse during a crisis:
Most crisis of today are not such that require immediate action or the first thing that comes to mind. Try and take some deep breaths and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of your decision. The impulse to act fast will be very strong, but it could cost you in the long run. So, give yourself 30 seconds, and evaluate your decision. If after thinking, you feel the same way about your decision, then you can go ahead with it.
2. Talk to someone outside the situation:
Often, we and all the people in the crisis situation can become too engulfed in it to think objectively. Therefore, getting an outsider view is helpful. For example, for the current financial crunch in India has put all of us in a frenzy. So you could take help from a person who is not living in India at the moment and therefore has no reason to panic. He could help you with what is objectively the best way to go about things.
3. Don’t go on the “what if” track:
Because our minds have evolved to keep us safe from the dangers of the jungle, we have developed habits of thinking the worst. While this helped when there were real life threatening dangers, now a days, its not of much use. So whenever your mind goes on the “what if” track during a crisis and starts to imagine the worse, don’t go along with it. Tell yourself, “ah, there goes my mind with the what if story”, and gently unhook from it, instead of imagining the worst. These predictions hardly ever come true and will only serve to stress you out. There’s no point paying too much attention to it.
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Head Psychologist at Type a Thought