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Crisis, Crisis!! Read All About It #SecretSubjectSwap April 2016

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week fourteen brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

My “Secret Subject” is:
How do you handle a crisis? Do you fall apart or remain calm?
It was submitted by: 
(Thank you for the fantastic subject!!)

I actually do really well in crisis situations. I think it is probably a blessing. I actually suffer from horrible anxiety, so you would think I would do horribly, but somehow I manage to hold it together. Now, once the crisis is over, that is another story entirely. That is when I lose it. That is when my cool as a cucumber status ends and my OH EM GEE AHH AHHH AHHH status begins! 

I actual am quite proud of myself. I do get borderline upset, if Gigi gets upset, but I always manage to hold it together. I know I find my strength in the fact she needs me. Yes, I always fall apart once I am able, but in the moment I am okay. I even did well when she had her surgery. I was worried that would break me, but I maintained. 

The one instance where I am never in control, is when there are spiders involved. I have jumped from a moving vehicle over one of those things. I have had anxiety attacks. I have jumped from the driver seat, into the passenger seat, while driving. Crazy, I know. My brain shuts off, and I go into full blown panic mode. Admittedly, I think I am better if Gigi is around. I still freak out, but I hide it better than I have ever been able to prior. 

Now that I am thinking about it, I think that this is something I should be proud of. I have been in some pretty bad situations in my life, and I have always been able to maintain a cool head. Maybe that is why I managed to come out unharmed. I guess I am grateful. Now, I do want to make it clear, afterward, I may end up being a complete mess, but during the crisis, I am fine. 

What about you?! How are you in a crisis?!

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  1. I'm pretty calm and then once the Adrenalin wears off I'm a mess. LOL
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  2. I am the exact same way, somehow I make it through the crisis. But afterwards, when what happened finally has time to sink in? YIKES, I melt down.

  3. I keep a calm head in a crisis too, but afterwards I'm also a mess. My husband freaks so I have to keep it together. He is terrified of spiders too! I make fun of him because he will total his car if he thinks there is a spider in the car with him.

  4. I think it would depend entirely on the level of crises happening. I'd like to think I would be even-keeled but, like most anxiety-sufferers, you just never know when panic is going to hit.

  5. Amazingly I manage to keep my sh** together as well. Grateful for this.

    A while ago I read a post written by a police officer. It was a to-do list for eye-witnesses. At the very top of the list it said "don't freak out now, we need you at your most observant!" It went on listing details that are important for the investigations: how many people were there, what vehicles were involved, license numbers, even partial ones, etc. Then, at the end, they said "OK, if you must, you may freak out NOW!"

  6. I think I do pretty well in a crisis. For the most part, shutting down and taking a second to think things through isn't really a bad thing. I also think it's important to think about situations that might come up and how you would handle them, just so you can be prepared.

  7. Great answer to the question I gave you! It is so much easier to think clearly in a crisis when you remain calm. Yes, many of us fall apart after the fact. When I asked the question I had no idea that I would be getting devastating news this week. I surprised myself at how quiet and calm I took it. Still in the numb stage but anticipating a good outcome.....hopefully, soon.


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