In a self defense situation, when panic starts to turn your brain to jello, your knees to rubber, and the contents of your intestines to liquid, pull out one or all of these:
✦ Become outraged at this invasion against you. Decide you don’t want a predator or criminal thinking of you as “a victim,” “easy pickings,” or “helpless, hapless prey.”
You don’t deserve this! This is wrong! Let your total indignation burn right through any mental freeze. Move! Be cunning! Do something!
✦ Use your voice and cursing to vent any panic outward. Let it come up from the bottom of your soul.
Screaming is loud – which is good and may bring help — but it comes across as a victim-like sound. Instead deepen your voice, and find a powerful sound that comes from forcefully tightening your abdomen as you explode with vocal power.
✦ Become completely resolved to have this end your way. Determination is the biggest factor in surviving an attack, a natural disaster, or any emergency.
Feel the power rise from within by remembering:
- You have friends, a spouse, kids, parents, a lover – someone you want to be able to see again
- You have dreams, goals, and a life – something worth surviving for
- You have an inner drive, determination, and dedication you may have never tapped before, but it’s there — and it’s something you can rely on.
Also, you can stomp foot or slap your leg. This is akin to the movie moment when the hero slaps the panicking character who is yelling “We’re all gonna die!”
When surprised by an attack, karate students often sound off with a kiai (or kihap).
Use these inner powers and emotions to galvanize your defenses, rev up your wily cunning, and make good your escape.
How have you stopped panic from rising?
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