4 Simple Ways to Stay Cool When People Annoy You
by Andrea Schulman / Raise Your Vibration Today
If you’re like me, you want to stay cool, calm and collected, but sometimes that’s easier said than done!
Take a deep breath Whenever we find ourselves in a state of irritation or anxiety, the best first step is to simply take a long, deep breath.
Deep breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which relaxes your body after a stressful incident. It’s a simple action that helps take things down a notch. Try it, it really works!
Make an excuse for the offender Usually when people offend us or make us angry we see red and immediately begin creating reasons for their behavior. Usually these initial reasons are accusatory like “he’s trying to annoy me” , “he just wants to make me look bad!” or “she’s so jealous of me!”
Instead of letting negative thinking decide why this person has offended you, see if you can come up with a viable excuse for their behavior that makes it less offensive to you. Have your ego take a seat for a moment, and let your calmer self rationalize what happened.
“Perhaps she said that to me because she’s having a bad day” “maybe he really thought he was being helpful” or “Maybe he cut me off because he was distracted.”
After taking your deep breath, spend a moment simply entertaining the possibility that this person had no intention of irritating you, and instead there’s a valid reason for the offense that you can deal with.
This action will help you convert some of your rage into empathy, and this is a critical step in getting over our anger and irritation.
Remind yourself that there’s a silver lining somewhere Bad things can happen for good reasons, and after you’ve done some deep breathing and made an excuse for the person who angered you, it’s wise to remind yourself of this.
Maybe the rude driver who slowed you down prevented you from getting a speeding ticket down the road. Maybe the nasty thing your friend said to you will inspire you to make a positive change in your life. Maybe the irritating coworker is giving you the motivation you need to look for your dream job.
The truth is, there is a yin to every yang. So to stay cool, try not to get too hung up in what is going wrong, and remind yourself that something is inevitably going right!
Move onOnce you’ve completed steps 1-3, it’s time to let things go. You’ve done what you’ve needed to do to diffuse the tension of the situation and redirect your energy to a more positive place, but hanging around thinking and talking about what happened will likely reactivate your irritation.
So instead of staying perched on the subject, distract yourself with something topics to think and talk about. Start thinking about something positive that’s coming up soon in your life, or a funny memory from your past. Get back on the track to enjoying your day because you deserve to be happy!
About the Author
My name is Andrea Schulman, I am a former high school psychology teacher and the creator of ‘Raise Your Vibration Today.’ I teach people about the Law of Attraction and the power of positive thinking . Check out my member website to learn how to create your reality with your thoughts. Reprinted with the authors explicit written permission. Reprinted with the author's explicit written permission.
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