3 Tips For Staying Calm In Emergencies

3 Tips For Staying Calm In Emergencies

When it comes to saving lives, preparation is everything. In an effort to prepare everyone for an emergency situation, we've started to develop short articles explaining how to respond to various emergency situations. This article focuses on ways to calm the mind in an emergency, so you're able to provide a higher level of care to a wounded victim.
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3 Tips For Staying Calm In Emergencies
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Emergencies are never planned and only a small percentage of the population goes around prepared for one. No wonder most people’s initial reaction is to panic. Most people have never reacted in an emergency to save someone’s life. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your best to prepare for one, then again, if you're reading this, you're probably someone who enjoys the greater thrills (risks) life has to offer.

Here are three tips to help you form a foundation for reacting positively in an emergency.

Tip 1: Slow Down Breath

In an emergency, chaos is in full force. A natural response is for the mind to race, which causes rash decisions. This is why you need to control your mind using your breath. It helps with alertness and awareness, which will thus lead to you being able to help instead of causing more damage by instilling panic into the victim. Panic into the victim will cause an increase in heart rate - if bleeding is occurring, this will increase the rate at which the blood exits the body.

Tip 2: Stay Positive

Mindset is truly everything in life and in wellness through an emergency. Sure, sometimes a situation sucks. But have you ever seen what it’s like when a young child gets a scrape and doesn’t look at it? They don’t notice and continue playing. Sometimes they’ll be bleeding slightly for hours, then look at it and burst into tears. In some emergencies, this of course won’t be the case, but oftentimes a positive attitude can do more for the victim than you realize.

Tip 3: Think ABC’s (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)

Check to make sure the victim's airway is unobstructed. If so, then take the proper action. Assess the victim's breathing. Is their breathing normal or shallow? Check for blood loss and if extreme blood is exiting the body, STOP THE BLEED!
Always dial 911 if you can, and if you’re out away from reception, do your best to use these tips until you get to a place you can phone for help. Stay safe and go prepared.

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