By Brian Brawdy
In EVERY panic situation there is a fork in the road, a launching point from which only three possible options exist. The type of emergency doesn’t matter really. Once confronted by a life or death situation, a myriad of which exist today, you have a choice to make. As your body pumps it’s natural response chemicals into your system, you must quickly decide whether you will use those chemicals or your chemicals will use you. Will you be hijacked by the “fight or flight” substances coursing through your veins or will you be heroic?
Scared Stiff, Scared Silly or Scared Straight? It’s always up to you.
Scared Stiff needs no introduction or definition. We all know firsthand what it’s like to be petrified, horrified into inaction. Shocked by our situation, we simply stand, frozen.
But let’s say you choose action over inaction as a plan. You still have a choice? Scared Silly or Scared Straight? This is where one decides to either react or respond.
Have you ever reacted in an instant only later to wish you could “get a do-over” or a second take? Ever sent and email or text message reacting to a particular situation and a short time later wanting to hit the “un-send” button? Wouldn’t it be great to have an erase button in life? Sometimes reacting in a knee-jerk, shooting from the hip fashion isn’t the best way to go.
Responding to an emergency situation is quite a bit different. It takes some practice, but once you understand the difference and actively employ responding to your arsenal of emergency survival and preparation skills, you will never look back.
Where reacting is a bit reflexive in nature, responding allows you to take your immediate situation and surroundings into account.
Here is a short exercise that will not only help you create the B.E.S.T. chances for survival, it is a great starting point for any emergency or survival situation. The practiced repetition of this technique can very well save your life.
B…Breathe in through your nose one, deep, full-lung breath.
Often times a panic situation can leave you immobile. Taking an initial action, even one as simple as inhaling helps to reverse the freezing process. You are either “gripped” by the emergency or you are in charge. It all begins with breathing.
E…Exhale through your nose while whispering your name.
Staying centered and “in the moment” is imperative in any survival situation. If you have the presence of mind to state your name, you have the presence of mind to address the situation at hand. Also, a full cycle of inhale/exhale starts to slow the chemical rush you are experiencing.
S…Scan your immediate horizon to combat tunnel vision.
Every situation is different. By scanning your immediate surroundings you not only combat the tunnel vision common in emergency situations, you begin to look for a way to handle the emergency; a way to implement your survival plan.
T…Take specific and focused action.
Once you have focused your breath and your eyes you can begin to focus your response to the crisis at hand. Have confidence in yourself, your plan and your innate, human ability to survive almost anything.
By practicing the B.E.S.T. Chances for Survival Technique, you can begin to develop a strategy to take the “all of a sudden” out of “all of the sudden.” Doing so is the first step to surviving!
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