2 thoughts on “Facing A Crisis: 2 Tips On Steps You Should Take

  • March 7, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Hi Tamara,
    I tend to react fairly well during a crisis (especially when it involves others) but sometimes, despite handling it quite well, I find myself experiencing intense emotions after the fact–sometimes even hours or days later. Is that normal? (If the answer to that is in your video, I haven’t watched it yet but will do so shortly!)
    I have a rather vague plan for what I would do in case of a fire in my building (scary thing to think about) but I don’t have any such plan for things like a shooting in a public area where I happen to be. I think part of it is it is awful to think about, part of it is denial (It won’t happen HERE in my small city) and part of it is that it’s hard to plan for something during which circumstances can totally negate the plan! For instance, if I developed a solid plan on what I would do if I were in the movie theater and someone began shooting into the darkened room, the plan likely wouldn’t apply if someone began shooting while at an outdoor activity in broad daylight or in a large shopping mall.
    It makes me so sad and also angry that we even have to THINK of such things!
    Take care and I hope this storm heading my way doesn’t hit you too hard!

    • March 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks for your comment. I agree that it is awful to think about something tragic happening in public. I know this is something I don’t typically think about. It wasn’t until I started counseling 10 years ago that I realized I needed a plan. So I even strategize for setting us furniture in my offices to keep everyone safe in the event something happens.
      You bring up some interesting points. Crisis planning is difficult, especially because of location and the challenge of planning in certain settings. It is certainly common to experience intense feelings associated with the crisis even if things went well or you handled it well. That’s why some people seek out counseling, as you know, for post-traumatic stress symptoms.
      Take care!


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