Tips to handle emotional outbursts during periods of increased stress


I am not saying that we are usually prone to random emotional outbursts in our professional settings (at least I hope not).

However sometimes our lives can be inconsistent. We may have the misfortune of being greeted with a tough scenario at in our personal lives whilst we are working through an incredibly challenging work project.

There's never a convenient time for stress.

If we're going through a particularly rough time in our personal lives and then have to carry on with work as if nothing has happened then emotional outbursts are a risk.

Increased period of stress require a little damage control.

So hare some great tips to keep your emotions under wraps.

1.  Shift your focus

Simply don't give grating issues the importance they don't deserve.

For example, if you're feeling inadequate or that your boss doesn't value your opinion then stop obsessing over it.

Use all of your might to give a tiny amount of thought to an issue that might tip you over the edge.

This strategy sounds easy and it really is. The less time you spend thinking over an issue. The less of an issue it actually is.

2. Use the benefit of foreseeability

If you know your triggers avoid the situation where they might exist,

If you know that you're most likely to get panicked or stressed when you’re late then do everything you can to be early.

If a particular person annoys you, totally avoid them (where possible) during your most vulnerable time.

3. Don't be so hard on yourself

Striving for perfection when you have a lot on your plate is never wise. Instead, balance tough self-talk with compassion.

Pat yourself on the back for pushing on through a tough time and if you make mistakes then rectify them.

Don't unnecessarily crucify yourself if you're doing the best you can in rough circumstances.

That is an achievement in itself.

4. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about creating the space between your emotions and your actions.

Take time to absorb information if you find it triggering a negative response.

Think about your action. Make sure it is reasoned and motivated by good, purposeful intentions.

There is nothing wrong with being slow, or taking time if it avoids a bad response.

As a rule, ask three why's when dealing with negative information that might warrant a negative response. When you first decide your reaction, ask 'why?". Then ask 'why?' again. If, it passes the third time you ask 'why?' then it's a reasoned response if it doesn't then it's an emotional kneejerk which should be avoided.

Hopefully, you don't feel like your ever at risk of an emotional outburst but, if you do this guide should hopefully avoid any reputational damage and keep your energy focused on what matters.


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