How to Stay Calm Under Pressure

Tips for staying calm in stressful and urgent situations.

Cherylyn Feierabend
4-minute read
Episode #113

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A Panic-Inducing Event

This weekend was fabulous! We had a house full of friends over for a barbeque. The weather was beautiful so the kids were running about in the yard while Daddy cooked some burgers. We were taking care to make sure nobody came near the hot grill. What we weren’t paying attention to, unfortunately, was our neighbor’s cactus plant which has grown precariously over the fence and is now hanging over into our yard. My curious little five-year-old found a cute little cactus flower, picked it up and ran inside to show me. What I didn’t see, however, were the tiny threadlike stickers coming out of this little flower. I had thrown it quickly away because it didn’t appear to be something my daughter should be playing with. A few minutes later my daughter is screaming out in pain and I can’t see why. She tells me that her hands hurt, but I don’t see anything wrong with them. That is because the tiny little thorns from the plant are practically invisible. Since I could not see what was causing the pain, I panicked. I thought it was some type of allergic reaction; or that maybe she’d put her hands on the grill. My brain went into overload and worry and complete-freak-out in a matter of seconds! Has this ever happened to you?

The Importance of Staying Calm Under Pressure

Now, first of all, I want to let you know that my daughter is fine. The situation was resolved in less than 45 minutes and she went back to playing happily. I don’t believe she suffered any trauma from it, but I doubt she’ll be picking up any unknown vegetation for a while. I, on the other hand, am still feeling the pressure of having had those few moments of freak-out. My family and friends at the party insist that they couldn’t tell I was panicking, but I know I was. I also know that I overcame the panic and solved the problem, and that’s where I feel successful.

Thankfully, my situation wasn’t worse, but even if it had been, it would have been important to stay calm enough to think rationally. While, I certainly hope that nobody ever does have to face an emergency type situation, it’s still good to be prepared. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to keep your head and do what it takes to resolve the issue effectively.