You hear the crunch of snapping bones a second before pain flairs up your leg. You look down ; a gopher hole has wrecked your ankle , turning a pleasant solo hike into a survival epic. fear surges through your brain and your body begins to shake.
Know the symptoms:
panic is both a physical and mental reaction and it can occur independent of shock. you are likely to experience an adrenaline spike ,muscle trembling, throat constriction , hyperventilation ,loss of line motor skills, nausea and/or dizziness. your mind may react with hallucinations, irritability and a movie reel of worst case scenarios, culminating in your death. these responses can spiral out of control and cloud your judgement.
Tame Your emotions:
Anxiety is fueled by catastrophic thoughts. to check the spiral , sit down annd breathe deeply. tackle a right brain task , like taping your ankle.
Once you have calmed downed , you need to analyze your situation and think rationally. instead of trying to solve the emergency all at once , focus on one small task at a time. eat , drink, look for shelter. study your map for escape routes and water sources. test your ankle. if it does not work , pitch your tent, collect wood, builed a signal fire and so on.
Promote The Positive:
Don’t worry about the distant to your car. remind yourself of your training and repeat a helpfull phrase such as “I Will Do This” and Save the moment in your mind as an interesting experience of your life.