Maintain the calm in order to think better.
Panicking affects our ability to think critically and exercise good judgment. Staying calm helps us think better.
Paul Petzoldt, legendary mountaineer and founder of the National Outdoor Leadership School, used to say that the first thing you should do in an emergency situation — once you know it’s safe — is smoke a cigarette. Proverbially, anyway. Take 10 deep breaths as if you were smoking a cigarette.
Breathe. Project calm. Find a an everyday metaphor that helps you stay mindful.