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You Will Need
- Controlled breathing
- Touch of schizophrenia
- Good sense of humor
Do the opposite
React to a sudden emergency by resisting the urge to panic, exhibiting calm by acting as if you felt that way. Even if you don't, you can sometimes change your emotions by artificially altering your behavioral response.
Control your breathing and by doing so, your pulse as well. Inhale slowly through your nose and release the air on a seven count through pursed lips. This empties the lungs and the time it takes will buy enough time to relax.
Focus on the issue
Focus on getting all the information before rationally examining alternative responses. Use your head, not your impulses.
If you're frozen, snap out of it. Do anything that will get the ball rolling. Set an example.
Trust your instinct and use humor to defuse things in the short-term. Encourage everyone to take a breath and reassure themselves with a good laugh to clear everyone's mind.
Discuss the situation with yourself
Give yourself a good talking to. As if you were a trusted and objective friend who can give rational advice; ask yourself, "What's the point of worrying? What does that accomplish?"
Plan for emergencies
Prepare for your next crisis by having personal and medical information with you at all times--you can't predict a crisis, but you can prepare for one.