A “Helmet Fire” says Will Gadd is when your brain shuts down – usually because of fear. He suggests ways to keep a helmet fire on a low simmer here. Things such as:
- “Look in the mirror after a helmet fire. Nobody wants to admit that they had a mental seizure, it takes real guts to admit that and then try to figure out what happened.
- Break down the components of the malfunction. What was really at stake? Death? Injury? Pride? Self-belief.
- Search for the same helmet fire situation, and enter it willingly with full awareness (if it's not likely to be fatal).
- Create operating room in your head. Hang on gear, pull into an eddy, glide into still air, do something to stop the mental load increasing, if only for a moment.
- Focus on the fact that right then, right there, you're ‘OK.’"