Crisis? First Step: Stay Safe

Rules for dealing with the police

Much is made of the Chinese definition of crisis as being opportunity. I agree, but also know you need to survive in order to pursue opportunity.

If you do not find being stopped by the police makes your heart beat a bit faster, your muscles tensing, and mind racing ahead to scary possibilities, you are among the fortunate few.

Emotional Fitness Tips

Emotional Fitness Tip One: Be clear about what causes violence. Mostly hurt or fear turned into an automatic trauma reaction called fight or flee. I am not alone in thinking those involved on both sides of today’s crisis of killing suffer from trauma reactions.

Read about trauma particularly as related to crimes here, but do so understanding that both the police officers,  those who live in crime ridden areas or identify with victims of crimes suffer from what is called secondary trauma. 

Trauma reactions dumb down thought and rev up the tendency to over-respond. Why some victims of police shooting are shot multiple times.

Emotional Fitness Tip Two: To survive trauma reactions you need strong self-soothing skills.  Buy my eBook Self-soothing; Create Calm in Your Life for more exercises that help you stay strong and keep you safe in many situations.

Emotional Fitness Tip Three: Stay safe but proactive. Injustice creates hurt and hurt create the need to flee or fight. Flee to stay safe, but not the fight for justice.

As you fight, remember these words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.

Thank You for all you do

Thank you and work at staying strong until next time.  I work on doing that all the time.

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This post was inspired by this WordPress Daily Prompt Crisis 

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These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

Emotional Intelligence (
The five components of Emotional Intelligence (
Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (

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