Maybe you've watched any number of movies portraying situations of extreme stress and wondered how you would react. It's always easier to think about all the rational things you would do while you're sitting in your living room. The truth about humans is most of us would have a tough time of it. And the reason why is we're untried and unproven in the real world during such events. Today we'll discuss three possibly life-saving topics about extreme stress and how you can be prepared.
Consider the extreme stress that occurs when you are far away from help and in the elements. Aside from taking command of your thoughts so you avoid panic, take care of what your body needs. If water is a problem, it's important to know the average human can live without water for roughly three to five days. Take immediate action so you are protected from the heat or cold, whichever applies. You will have to make some weighty decisions depending on the circumstances. Above all, keep your hope alive and conserve energy as much as possible. In these situations, energy is critical for a host of reasons, and there are many documented cases where this made all the difference between surviving or dying.
One of the more curious facts about being lost or stranded in the wild is the overwhelming feeling of shame. That seems so out of place but it's a known fact and has been for years. Survivors have told this story over and again about how much shame they felt for getting in that situation. The reason this is so important is because that powerful, shameful feeling has caused people to sit down and wait to die. This information comes from survivor stories when there were multiple people involved. Never give a second of thought about how or why you're in that situation. Once you're in it, then immediately assess the situation and what you need to take care of first.
Let's say you're on a mountain, something happens, and you instantly know your life is in danger. If you feel panic trying to set-in, then do something very ordinary and totally common place. One good example is tying your boots whether they need it or not. That's exactly right, and this can actually save your life because it helps to keep your mind in reality. Think about staying psychologically grounded so the panic is pushed out of your mind. When you are able to keep your wits about you, then your clear and stable thought processes will function better. This is the simplest trick but you also need to be able to remember it and then do it.
There are very basic core responses you should at least know in the event you're in a situation of extreme stress. If you know them and understand why they're so important, then you'll be way out in front of 99% of the population.