5 Tips to Help Manage Emotional Conflict
Are you finding it difficult to control your emotions?
Maybe you’re angry more often than usual, the tiniest things are making you upset, and your emotions are just all over the place.
If you’re finding yourself saying or doing things you regret (because you honestly didn’t mean to), you might be experiencing emotional conflict.
Luckily, there are simple ways to regain control and keep your emotions under control.
Just follow these 5 simple tips to help you manage your own emotional conflict.
#1. Take a Stroll Every Morning
A quick 15-minute walk would be ideal. Make use of this time to reflect on the positive things in your life. If you enjoy mantras, this is the perfect time to practice.
The goal here is to give your body a good boost of oxygen and trigger those ‘feel-good’ endorphins to prepare you for the day. Starting your day feeling good about yourself will help you deal with unexpected situations and manage conflict better.
#2. Recognize and Acknowledge Your ‘Trigger’ Points
You need to be mindful of your emotions and understand when it has gotten the best of you. When was the last time you flared up and just ‘lost it’? What was it that made you so mad?
Once you start recognizing your tipping point, then you can start to identify an alternate response. For example, if you can recognise when you’re about to get heated in an argument, you can step away before you say things you regret.
Remember, you can always change how you react to people and situations.
#3. Talk to Family and Friends
Talking and spending time with family and friends can help develop a person’s emotional intelligence. Don’t keep things bottled up! Expressing yourself freely will help you not only become a good communicator but a good listener as well.
Plus, how can they understand what you’re going through unless you tell them?
#4. Practice Being Calm
Learn how to use self-regulating techniques that can help you keep your cool, even in stressful situations. Practice deep breathing to help you calm yourself, try out some yoga, practice some meditation. If you feel your stress level rising, politely excuse yourself and take a breather to release the pressure.
#5. Learn to Accept Criticism
Everyone has their own opinion. Everyone always has something to say. But that doesn’t mean what they say is true. You don’t have to always get worked up when you disagree with someone. Practice listening – just listening – and stop yourself from saying anything when you know you have nothing really constructive to say.
Even if someone is wrong, you don’t have to prove it.
Remember, you can never control other people’s reactions, but you can always control how you react to them.