Managing Stress In An Emergency

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Unfortunately, emergency situations are almost inevitable. While it would be ideal to simply avoid hardships, or to always be able to handle them calmy, this is not a reality. Many people react with high anxiety or panic; which is not good for them or people around them.

When people panic or become highly anxious, their fear replaces clear thinking. This can lead to inaction (a kind of emotional paralysis), emotional and problematic decision-making, and unnecessary distress. All of this interferes with effective responding; such as carefully gathering needed emergency supplies.

Unfortunately, panic and fear can spread through communities, potentially making already difficult situations worse. So, it’s important to remember your actions and reactions affect those around you – family, friends, and especially children.

So, to help yourself and those around you manage the effects and after-effects of all of life’s storms, try the following tips: