Saturday, August 04, 2012
Sure, it's tempting to blow up at the pal who kept you waiting...again. But unless you're a Real Housewife desperate for screen time, it's far healthier to learn how to dial down your fury.
Give yourself a time-out by following the four R's.
RECOGNIZE you're losing control.
RETREAT before you go over the top.
RELAX by taking a walk or reading, then
RETURN to the situation when you're ready to deal productively.
These steps engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which turns off the fight-or-flight response, so you can think more clearly - and avoid losing a friend over something petty.