We all worry and get upset from time to time.
It’s a normal part of life.
Tough and stressful conversations are a normal part of life too. But what happens when that anxiety or anger takes over, and you can’t calm down?
Being able to calm yourself in the moment or after the fact is often easier said than done. But whatever the context, stressful conversations differ from other conversations because of the emotional loads they carry.
Here are some helpful, actionable tips you can try the next time you need to calm down after a difficult and stressful conversation.
1. Take a break.
Taking a break after an argument is necessary because your brain and body alike need time to return to more typical states.
Allow yourself to consciously take time to calm down. Try using breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques.
2. Remove yourself from the situation.
Stepping away from the situation is a helpful way to calm down.
Try taking a walk outside or if not possible, excuse yourself and find a private place like a bathroom, a room, or a hallway. This gives you time to settle down.
3. Reflect on the argument.
Once you feel calmer, it’s important to process the argument so that it’s no longer weighing on your mind.
4. Practice self-care.
Emotions and stress levels are high after an argument. Make sure to give yourself extra care after the argument.
You can go for a run, or find some quiet time for yourself, or take a long bath.
What would you add to the list of ways to calm down after a stressful conversation?
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