How to Cope
Watch for warning signals: tension in neck and body, racing heart or thoughts
Breathe: Deep breathing interrupts the fight-or-flight response and allows conscious choice
How Do You Feel? If you are tired or overdrawn emotionally, take a time out and get centered
Name the emotions. Neurologically, overreaction is a loss of access to the left brain. “Naming the feeling that you’re having in the moment — anger, loss of self-esteem — requires reflection and searching the memory, and that’s a left-brain activity,” says Siegel. “It reestablishes the neural networks that connect left brain and right, and restores balance.”
Reframe the situation: Look for the lesson and think about how you can act rather than react when the next trigger comes along.