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Emergency Coping Tools

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

Emergency, by definition, is

A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.

The mere definition is daunting, but if we break it down and focus on the word “unexpected”, we’ll see that there are simple tools to implement in the event of an emergency.

Nobody likes going to the emergency room - there are a number of reasons why we all try to avoid it. However, listening to our bodies is the first step in taking control of the unexpected. If something doesn’t feel right, or you know in your gut something is wrong, taking action shows you’re in control of the matter. Putting yourself first, above all other commitments, tells your brain that you matter and you need to be priority #1 at this time.

Assuming you’re alert and oriented in the ER, here are some tips on how to cope with the abrupt change in your schedule and manage the unexpected.

Breathing Exercises

o Sit in a comfortable position

o Put one hand on your belly, just below your ribs, and the other hand on your chest

o Take a deep breath in through your nose and let your belly push out your hand

o Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling

o Do this breathing practice 3 to 10 times


o Focus your mind on a particular object, thought or activity

o Center your attention and awareness to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state

Establish a “Go To” person… a close friend or family member to

o Take care of your loose ends

Tend to your pet(s)

Move your car

Cancel appointments

o Bring you necessities from home

o Be your one point-of-contact who can relay information to approved parties

These tools allow you to focus on YOU. These tips remove added stressors and open your body and mind to be receptive to receive the necessary care for which you went to the emergency room.


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