DO YOU HAVE A BAD TEMPER? HOW OFTEN DO YOU LOSE YOUR TEMPER?
I can have a temper as much as the next woman, but I usually try to de-stress before it gets to a blow up. There are many ways I can do this. The classic, of course, is counting to ten. A slightly more difficult way is counting from eleven to twenty ... in Russian. They have some l-o-n-g words for those teen numbers, those Russian folks.
Another way to de-stress for me is "going to my room". Seriously. I go into my bedroom, shut the door, and meditate, or read a distracting book. The stressful situation will still be there when I come out of the room, but I will be dealing with it from a much more relaxes and powerful position.
One situation that has the most potential to send me directly from zero-to-postal without passing go is someone messing with my children. That can set me off like nothing else.
Another thing that irks me is going to the doctor, or a government office, and being talked down to by one of the staff. I've even been known to 'rehearse' assertive communication in my mind before I encounter a situation like that.
Care to share one of your tips or tricks for keeping calm in the face of stressful situations? I'd love to hear!