Coping with a Crisis

 

People often wonder how they would react if they were in a crisis situation. It’s usually hard to predict, because until you are in this kind of situation, you can never be sure how you’ll react. Unfortunately, all sorts of potential crisis situations are around us all the time, and while it doesn’t do you any good to dwell on negatives, there are some sensible preparations you can make to help you cope in any situation.

Keeping calm

Despite the range of intense emotions you might feel when you’re caught up in an unpleasant event, the most important thing you can do is to stay calm. Panicking, shouting and generally getting het up will do no good at all, and could even make things worse. Use deep breathing exercises, a mini meditation, a mantra, or anything else you’ve found that helps you focus on your breathing until the initial shock has passed.

Make sure you know who to contact

This could be friends, relations, emergency services, or in some cases legal firms like zaneslaw.com. You should also have the details of who needs to be contacted on your behalf if you are unconscious. Emergency services take priority, if it’s any kind of accident or event involving the potential for harm. You are also likely to need the contact details for your insurance provider in the event of an accident, so make sure you keep this information with you. If there’s any cause to suspect there could be a case for personal injury claims on either side, make a note of all the details of the incident and who witnessed it, to provide evidence for compensation claims.

Learn about emergency procedures and first aid

Not being able to help someone who is injured can be a terrible burden and make the whole experience far worse. First aid courses are easy to find and take part in, and knowing that you could perform CPR or apply a tourniquet safely, for example, will give you reasons to be confident that you’d be able to help in a crisis. Obviously, you would want professional medical help as soon as possible, but if you are able to use your first aid skills in those first crucial minutes before the first responders arrive, you could make a significant difference to the outcome.

The chances of being caught up in some kind of crisis are far from likely, but disasters of varying degrees of severity do happen to people every day. If you can be prepared for the worst, then at least if something happens to you you’ll be able to manage the situation. Feeling helpless and scared when confronted by a crisis situation is the worst way to feel, but by planning in advance you can avoid this happening to you. You would then be more likely to be able to offer useful assistance if needed. Don’t dwell on the possibility of danger rearing its head; just be prepared in case it does.

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