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10 tips for keeping your cool

10 tips for keeping your cool

European Business Listicle 34/2018

Things are getting stressful, everyone wants something from you, and you just want to flip out and scream? That doesn’t have to be the case as there are plenty of ways to keep your cool in unpleasant situations. We have a few tips that will help you keep your composure.

 

 

1. Breathe.

As trivial as it sounds, it is effective: breathing consciously. Take several deep breaths in and out, and pay close attention that you breathe into your belly. If you would like, count to 10. The brain gets more oxygen this way and is therefore in a better position to concentrate on a constructive solution to the problem.

2. Escape the situation.

Grab a quick coffee, take a short walk around the block, have some small talk with colleagues who are not involved – all of those things can help to keep the situation under control and direct your thoughts elsewhere. Have the courage to claim your right to leave the situation briefly even in tricky discussions.

3. Stop the flood of information.

Putting your phone and your inbox aside is difficult. But that is precisely what you should do so that you don’t become even more unsettled by too many distractions.

4. Laugh.

Even if you don’t feel like laughing, you should anyway. The brain releases a happiness hormone when you laugh, regardless of whether the laugh is real or fake. Even a smile will suffice. So: Put a smile on your face, and it will be much easier for you to calm down.

5. Talk about it.

It helps immensely to talk to an outside party about what grinds your gears. A second pair of eyes might judge the situation very differently and help to assess the situation better. It may not be as bad as you think.

6. Write it down.

There’s no one there right now for you can talk to? Then take a piece of paper and a pen, and write down what’s going on in your head. It’s incredibly helpful to sort your thoughts and not act in the heat of the moment.

7. Acknowledge your emotions.

What is actually making you want to fly off the handle? Is it anger, overextension or something else entirely? When you can clearly state what is actually bothering you, you will begin to process it.

8. Listen to music.

If possible, listen to music. Either rely on calm music, such as classical music, to be calmed by the sounds, or release your anger with fast pieces of music. In either case, you’re shielded from the outside world, which can have a big impact.

9. Let it out somewhere else.

Chop wood, do sports, sing out loud – let it out. If possible do it in your free time outside the situation that’s bothering you.

10. Get a new perspective.

It can always be worse! Other people would just smile tiredly at the problem, and surely you’ve also experienced worse situations. Try to visualize that and think about the fact that it will pass.

 

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