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Post by 0051 on 5/8/2015, 15:55

So what would be some good methods of remaining calm in a firefight, or even training. Adrenalin is an awesome stimulant, but it can make you very shaky and not think clearly. Is there any ways of suppressing it's effects so that you can be more stable and think clearer?

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Post by 0001 on 5/9/2015, 15:06

I like this, has some real world applications for you doesn't it? Wink

Personally I work on controlling my breathing, it helps keep me calm by both ensuring proper oxygenation, but also the act of thinking about it keeps my mind from flying in all different directions at once.
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Post by JCSarge on 5/12/2015, 21:48

I agree, there are many breathing exercises that can help calm you down when adrenaline is rushing through your veins. I used to practice these, every time I would go to a Code 3 call, and it really helped. It becomes second nature, after awhile, and you don't have to think about it.

Below is an excerpt from a Dave Grossman article (writer for Street Survival):

How to Do Tactical Breathing

With some practice, you can control your breathing, relax, and manage your distress. Here is how to do it.

Breathe from your diaphragm. Your stomach expands, moving out to make room for the air, as you breathe in, and contracts as you breathe out. Tip: Think of your stomach as a balloon filling with air as you breathe in, and emptying smoothly, automatically as you breathe out.

Breathe in through your nose to the count of 4.
Hold your breath to the count of 4.
Breathe out through your lips to the count of 4.
Hold your breath to the count of 4.
Repeat until you feel your body and mind relax.
Feel free to vary this tactical breathing technique. For example, I often breathe in to the count of 4 and out to the count of 7. Important: with my particular approach you do not hold your breath after either exhaling or inhaling. The goal is a smooth, continuous cycle of breathing.

You can adjust either of these methods to discover what feels right to you.

More tips

Simply breathing out is linked to relaxation, and extending that breathing phase is very relaxing. Tip: Bump up the impact by mentally saying “reeeelaaaax” as you breathe out.

You can use breath control without practice, but you’ll be happier with the results if you train ahead of time.

Bonus: No one has to know you are using tactical breathing! You can use this technique inconspicuously in the middle of a distressing situation.

Use controlled breathing:

To help prepare for a stressful situation.
While you are actively dealing with stress.
Afterwards, to return to a more relaxed state.

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Post by 0001 on 5/15/2015, 18:57

I like that article a lot, see when we get "amped-up" that's a fight-or-flight response. Controlling your breathing helps bring us out of that stage by calming us down. Basically fight-or-flight is usually the enemy since we lose fine motor control and upper brain function. It can be good is some cases because we also get sometimes super human strength and stamina, but at a cost.
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