Rewiring your brain to not panic

Learning to not panic in stressful situations; valuable but God, does it feel awkward.

It's human nature to witness something terrible, freak out and think irrationally - we're wired for survival. I watched my dog have a seizure today and my first instinct was to clam up, hold him, and panic. 

Turning the attention on myself and how uncomfortable I felt, my boyfriend noticed and called me out - I had become more worried about my fear and stress instead of putting that energy into finding a solution for my dog.

I was able to step outside of my fear for a moment. It made me realize I need to be strong in those moments so I can respond calmly and help solve problems effectively. But I've been wired for so long to panic, because I've watched how others respond...

I'm learning that in times of fear I lose most of my self awareness (holy sh*t, self-awareness is the key to everything in life). It's unsettling because I am normally very aware. That made me think further; If I ever plan to live alone or travel to foreign countries (I plan on both), I'll need to know how to handle my 'fight or flight' emotions. 

Through constant practice, first responders and war veterans have become skilled at staying calm during stressful situations. Those individuals witness insane conditions and even death. It's incredible what they've done to rewire their brain. 

So how do I learn to step outside of myself, analyze the problem and respond accordingly when something negative happens? That's the question I'm tackling.

It's fascinating to me how human, or emotional, we become when we feel uncomfortable. Uncomfortablilty = lack of self awareness + reaction + stress. I want to digest this idea further and practice acting more calm and logical when shit hits the fan. It's a skill I'll appreciate for the rest of my life. 


Olivia Reed