About a year ago I was diagnosed with a heart problem that affects my daily functioning and is now pretty much a part of my life. The process of finding the problem involved numerous ER visits and an entire span of tests including a stress test and more monitors than I care to count. To be totally honest, it was terrifying.
I have experienced many scary events in my life such as flipping upside down in a white water raft in record high water, lead climbing falls, and scary encounters on the street, but this was a whole new kind of scary. The hardest part of all was that I was completely on my own figuring out what was happening. I was far away from my family, no one I knew had cars, and all my ER visits had a strange tendency to happen at weird hours of the morning or night when most of my friends were asleep. My blood was drawn a thousand times, my hatred of needles increased exponentially, and each time my blood was drawn I passed out.
It is safe to say I was in crisis and it was terrifying and being terrified made the crisis worse because it amplified the health problem!
The hardest part was staying calm.
In any other type of crisis I am a pro! I can handle it, no problem–someone else having a medical emergency, my car breaking down, something catching on fire. I keep my cool and handle it. This crisis took a lot more practice and some help from people who knew more than I did. I have since found ways to handle my ticker’s issues and from that I have found quite a few handy ways to keep myself calm more easily than before.
Here is a modified version of my typical checklist for when a new crisis hits. I hope it can help you keep yourself or your loved ones calm, too. They’re simple, but sometimes simple is the best place to start. Here are my helpful ways to stay calm in a crisis.
What would you add to the list?