“Pressure” and “stress” has been on my mind lately. I have witnessed over the past two weeks people just come apart at the seams over what I consider nothing. People get wrapped up in their own world and loose perspective. It happens to all of us – but I try to keep that fact right in front of me and stay in control.
I do visualization exercises periodically where I put myself in different situations and envision how I would handle them. My goal with these practices is to hopefully decrease the stress – and the shock and surprise that I will feel – should I find myself in a similar situation. Making decisions when out of control and not thinking right generally leads to negative results. My younger-self with a hot temper demonstrated that many times. I learned from my mistakes and feel today that overall – I have a pretty cool head.
Imagine getting news that a few nukes detonated in several cities across the United States. You have prepared for something like this for the past few years. Do you panic and dress up in your favorite tacti-cool gear and start patrolling your neighborhood with an AR strapped to your back? No – stay calm. Evaluate the developing situation. Talk to your neighbors and communicate with your network of like-minded friends (you have those, right?). If possible – communicate with others in cities far away to see how populations are responding. Make educated decisions rather than over-reactions.
Can you keep your cool in a stressful situation?