May 27th, 2013 12:50 EST
Tips On Staying Calm In A Disaster
Stress and anxiety are very common for people who deal with disasters. As a result, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help stay calm and focused when dealing with a disaster.
Sometimes, we get stressed when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, divide the task into a series of smaller steps and then complete each of the smaller tasks one at a time. Completing these smaller tasks will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success. Remember to take things one at a time. If it becomes to much to deal with then delegate your tasks.
Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. If it helps, carry a small notebook in your pocket that contains positive statements. When you get anxious, take out your pocket notebook and read a few lines to make you feel better.
Effective communication is very important during a disaster. Develop some practice trials to make sure that you can communicate with one another before a disaster strikes. Do not wait until something happens. Effective communication can help reduce many anxieties and stresses during a disaster.
Remember that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can`t predict which can be used to your advantage. Most importantly, do not assume anything. Focus on the reality of the situation and do not let your worries and fears get the best of you.
In dealing with your anxieties when dealing with a disaster learn to take it one day at a time. While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. Get all of the facts of the situation and use them to your advantage. The more control you have over your stresses and anxieties, the better off you will be in the long run.
Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your anxieties and fears. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.
When disaster strikes, its not easy to stay calm and focused. All you can do is the best that you can and that is all you can ask.
Stan Popovich is the author of A Layman`s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods " " an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/