When situations become heated, give your stress a time-out this Monday. Putting on the brakes in a stressful situation can stop the momentum of your stress from building and preserve your well-being.
It happens to all of us. You get into a conflict or a stressful disagreement, your nostrils flare, and all the fight or flight triggers go off in your brain. In your body, your adrenaline and cortisol levels surge, your heart rate increases, and your blood pressure can even rise. Conflict can put your body and brain into emergency mode. Not to mention, it could also make you feel regret later on.
Hit pause instead! Put your hand up in the gesture of a stop sign and turn away until you’ve cooled down. This could mean taking a quick walk or a break to restore your calm. Calming exercises like mindful breathing, which can be done anytime and anywhere, really work. It’s easy to get swept up in emotions, so hitting pause could take a few attempts. Be gentle on yourself, as this is for your own health and well-being and may even strengthen your relationships with others.
Make Monday about learning ways to de-stress, even under pressure and in a heated moment. If you need some encouragement, listen to The Supremes and Stop! In the Name of Love.