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Reacting and Overreacting

Reacting and Overreacting

Not all intense responses are overreactions.

The problem arises when you start to react in a bigger way than justified.  Overreactions never make the situation better.

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Address the past if possible and resolve any emotional leftovers you might have: vent to a friend or keep a journal.

Emotional baggage becomes more fuel when your bomb goes off.

  • Separate yourself from the event to gain an outside perspective.
  • Don't punish yourself for overreacting.
  • Ask yourself: Why did I do that? What could I have done differently? Did it even matter?

  • Internal: they overthink the things that don't go their way and are unable to put their focus onto something else.
  • External: they yell, scream, or snap back at people when something isn't exactly how they want it.

  • Freeze: Notice the changes within you (tension, temperature, heart rate). Keep breathing and cool down.
  • Analyze: Think about what just happened rationally. Find a way to be compassionate and avoid personalizing what happened to you.
  • Act: Express yourself ...

Take a deep breath. It will slow down your fight or flight response and allows you to choose a more thoughtful and productive response. 

This way, you can learn to be more in control of your reactions:

  • Identify the things that bother you the most (rejection, criticism, or even something that has nothing to do with you).
  • Think about basic contributing factors like lack of sleep, being hungry or thirsty, or being ...

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