Managing Your Emotions
The first step in managing your emotions is to know yourself and to have a toolbox of techniques that help you keep your cool under stress.
- Know your limits. What is your “boiling point”? What emotional triggers affect you?
- If you’re upset with someone else, make a plan and think through ahead of time any difficult conversation or confrontation; know what you want to accomplish. Include a way to take a “time-out” if things are getting over-heated.
- Pay attention to your own emotional temperature; if you’re getting tense, take a breath, count to 10, and use positive coping thoughts.
- Name the emotion you are feeling: this transforms it from a problem in your head to one in the situation you are in and becomes something that you can act upon.
- If you feel like you’re spinning out of control, reach out for help. Here’s a link to a comprehensive list of hotlines and resources.
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