The most problematic occurrence in any crisis is panic. It can happen to an individual or an entire group of people. During times of high stress, like with current events related to COVID-19 outbreak, some people will make decisions out of fear and panic.
When you feel fear rising up inside, or stress overtaking your normal thinking, try these tips.
- Keep calm.
Take a deep breath. Is your heart racing out of fear? It means you are still alive. So long as you are alive there is hope.
2. Are you in immediate danger? If so, remove your self calmly from the situation.
For instance if you are in a burning building walk out the nearest exit. If you are reading this while driving put the phone down.
3. What is the immediate danger to others? Are you able to do anything to help?
This may be physically helping. It could be providing assistance such as meals or shelter. Sometimes it is just listening and praying with the other person.
4. If you are unable to help contact someone who can.
This may include calling 911. It may involve getting someone professional help.
5. If the fear is not from an immediate danger ask yourself what is causing the fear.
Is it anxiety about an unknown situation? Has a major life event just occurred such as losing a job?
Stay calm. Think it through. Do what you can.
Rev. Burt Schwab