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Stay Calm In an Emergency pg1

No matter what the crisis, follow three crucial steps and keep your cool.

No matter what the crisis, follow three crucial steps and keep your cool.

Fear triggers a ‘fight or flight’ response that speeds up your heart rate. While this protects you when escape is crucial (such as fleeing a fire), it prevents you from thinking rationally. ‘Carbon-dioxide changes in your system make you feel light-headed,’ says Dr Martin Antony, author of The Anti-Anxiety Workbook (The Guilford Press). Repeatedly inhale and exhale for three seconds each – a steady rhythm will focus you.

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