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Emergency calming methods? - June 8th 2015, 07:59 PM

I'm at camp right now, and we are making t-shirts. But were using exacto knives. None of the usual things I use to calm down are available, because we are on the bus going on a field trip to do the project. I'm starting to panic a little.


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Re: Emergency calming methods? - June 8th 2015, 08:17 PM

Hey there,

what sometimes helps to calm down is to use some breathing technics. Try to breath slow and even. Or, try to count. Theres something called 4-4-4. You breath in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds and then breath out for 4 seconds. Another ons is, to try to count how long you breath in and out and try to make sure it's the same number. Like 5 in, 5 out, or 3 in 3 out. Whatever works for you best and if that works try to go up with the numbers till your calmed down.
There are more breathign technics but I only know those and they work pretty well for me.

Other things you can do is work with your senses. There's hearing, tast, touch, smell and seeing. You can try to get strong sensations for those. Like eating something very sharp or very sweet. Our listening to really loud music. It doesn't have to be a pleasant sensation, but the second you biting on chillies your whole being will focus on the burning in your moth. Sounds stupid (at least it did to me) but it works. Same goes for lous musis or some smell you can rub under your nose.
I'm not sure if any of those work for you right now, but maybe there's something for you, that you can do right now.

Also, if it's a field trip, there's some teacher or coach or something there, right? Maybe you could talk to them. You don't need to tell them what exactly is going on. Just tell them, that you don't feel well and that you're panicing and aqsk them to help you. It may depend on the teacher, but usualy they should be able to help you and look out for you during the trip.

I hope you will have fun on your trip, despite all that!


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Re: Emergency calming methods? - June 9th 2015, 12:31 AM

The person who posted above me gave wonderful advice! Definitely try those things, because they could benefit you. It might help to write a list of make a mental note of emergency alternatives for the future. It might be hard to find alternatives when there aren't many around, but that forces you to be creative and you never know what you'll find!


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Re: Emergency calming methods? - June 10th 2015, 06:11 AM

Hi! One thing I've tried is to use a strong smelling perfume/lotion/smell good thing to keep me distracted. I put a bunch on my shoulder, and when I get triggered and take a big whiff of it. It sounds a bit strange, but it helps me.


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