ian the pedestrian

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Keep Calm and Carry On: A Personal Journey to Taming Emotions

Let me tell you, emotions can be a real rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re on top of the world, the next you’re down in the dumps. And let me tell you, I’m no stranger to this ride. I’ve had my fair share of emotional ups and downs, especially when it’s that time of the month or when I’m faced with critical deliverables. But fear not, for there are ways to work with these pesky emotions and stay calm and rational. So buckle up and let’s dive in! And don’t worry, there’s no height requirement for this ride.

  1. Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings: It’s like when your mom told you to look both ways before crossing the street. Take a moment to check in with yourself and see what’s going on inside. It’s okay to feel things, even if those things are “I want to eat an entire tub of ice cream” or “Why is everyone in this grocery store so annoying?” Trust me, I’ve been there.
  2. Separate yourself from your emotions: Imagine your emotions are like a really loud, obnoxious relative at a family gathering. You can’t get rid of them, but you can take a step back and not let them ruin your day. My better half is always reminding me to take it easy and slow down when emotions run high.
  3. Bring humor and lightheartedness to your emotions: Sometimes, the best medicine is laughter. Find the humor in a situation and let it lighten the mood. Just don’t laugh at your boss during a serious meeting. That might not go over so well.
  4. Let bodily reactions happen: When emotions run high, our bodies react. Maybe you get sweaty palms or your heart races. That’s okay! Let it happen. It’s like when you’re on a first date and you’re so nervous you can’t stop talking about your cat. It’s natural.
  5. Don’t judge yourself for being emotional: Emotions are like freckles or the way some people can wiggle their ears. They’re just a part of who we are. Don’t judge yourself for having them.
  6. Take a breather: Sometimes, the best thing to do is take a break. Go for a walk, listen to some music, or do some deep breathing exercises. Just don’t take a break in the middle of a job interview or while giving a presentation.
  7. Cry if you need to: Crying can be a healthy release of emotions. It’s like when you watch a sad movie and you just need to let it all out. Just make sure you have tissues handy.
  8. Get fresh air: Going outside and getting some fresh air can do wonders for clearing your mind and calming you down. Just don’t go outside during a thunderstorm or when it’s -40 degrees.
  9. Practice meditation: Meditation is like giving your mind a spa day. It can help regulate emotions and increase self-awareness.

Remember, it’s important to aim for regulation rather than repression of emotions. So keep calm and carry on. You’ve got this.

One response to “Keep Calm and Carry On: A Personal Journey to Taming Emotions”

  1. Trying to calm down and taking a moment to take a step back and assess the situation at hand is something that I am trying to apply. Even though I’m not successful with every attempt, it will usually still give you some sort of a different view on the issue, usually without the instant panic that occurs when a situation arises. At that moment it is time to leave the oh-no’s behind and start thinking of solutions.

    I’m equally interested in the deep breathing that you mentioned though.


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