Three. Make the decision to freak out.
I was reading an article/post earlier this week on Cup of Jo and pulled this gem from it —
Here’s a tip from perennial genius Brené Brown: “Calm people are breathers. They breathe and ask questions.” She then demonstrates how, upon hearing news, she trained herself to stop and inhale. Then, she listens to all the information and asks follow-up questions to determine whether the situation is actually worth freaking out over. Noted.
First breathe, listen, and then make the decision to freak out. I like the idea of being in control of the freak out rather than just tumbling head first into it.