Too often we get too close and emotionally attached to our current situations, especially the bad ones. Stepping back and taking a “time out” is a great way to gain a fresh perspective, so that we can see it more objectively. The situation at hand is not as dire as it seemed when we were in the midst of the problem, an argument, or some other stressful situation. The tricky part is being able to stop ourselves in the midst of a crisis before we do something foolish that we may later regret.
How can we do that? One solution is mentioned in one of my favorite quotes credited to Thomas Jefferson, “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” When we feel ourselves getting a tiny bit agitated, counting to ten or more is exactly what we need to remember to do. In fact, if possible, we need to leave the room or environment in which the agitation arises. I recommend that we seek some form of exercise, such as walking in nature, away from the source of stress or trauma. By stepping out and backing off a prickly situation or problem, we can bring balance back to our emotional state so that we can gain a fresh perspective to resolve the issue at hand.
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