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6 Tips to Help Control Your Emotions and Safeguard Your Relationships


April 22,2020

Why should you work hard to keep the peace during the time you have to stay at home?

“New normal” is an expression that has become more and more popular with each passing day. The phrase is used as a way to help people process the crisis that the world is currently in. It reminds us to start changing and adjusting the way we think

Safer at Home

All the reliable medical experts are saying the same thing that are common sense is telling most of us; we’re safer at home for the time being. According to one report, “Medical experts say the coronavirus data shows it’s not safe.”

The report quoted Dr. Jon McCullers as saying: “We’re going to be cautious, we’re not going to be rushed into this.”

McCullers is an infectious disease expert from UT Health Science Center and Pediatrician-in-Chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

But sad to say, safer at home won’t necessarily be true for some unfortunate individuals, particularly those who are victims of domestic abuse. That includes adults, as well as children. The Marshal Project provided data that showed a decrease in reports of incidents to the police. Experts fear that the reason for the decrease is because it’s harder for victims to get help during the pandemic.

While your own household may not have such an extreme situation, none of us (no matter how well adjusted we are), is immune to the effects that cabin fever can sometimes cause.

That is why it is so important for each one of us to work extra hard at keeping the peace during the period that we’re all stuck at home.

Change is Necessary

Most of us will probably find that change is necessary, in order for us to adjust. We’re not use to living so closely with the people in our households, for such long periods at a time.

There will undoubtedly come a point and time when someone rubs someone else the wrong way! But maybe you can try and prepare in advance for that day (or days), that way you might deal with it better.

Consider the following information that I initially wrote and posted, long before the COVID-19 crisis. Pay particular attention to the 6 tips that can help you gain control of your emotions, and help safeguard your relationships with those you love.

How to Adjust Your Thought Process and Keep Your Emotions in Check

I used to be a total hothead. Because my astrological sign is Taurus the bull, my family often made comments about how bullheaded I was, or how I would swell up like a bull whenever I got mad.

Do you ever find that you have a hard time holding your temper? Perhaps you know someone that always has a tendency to fly off the handle and say the wrong thing whenever they are mad.

All of us either know someone like this, or God forbid, we may actually be that person. Whatever the case, it is important to fully understand why we should even bother with controlling our emotions.

Stop Making Excuses

I had to learn how to stop making excuses for always losing my temper and if this is your problem, so do you. Loss of control is exactly the type of behavior that can lead to much more than just a lovers’ quarrel.

Failing to control ones’ emotions has led to many break ups, divorces, even violent crimes within a relationship. That includes marriages, friendships, families, and romantic involvements.

“That’s just them”. No doubt you’ve heard this said about the loud mouth who everyone knows is going to end up “going off”. No matter how much this type of behavior may be a part of their personality; this is definitely not the way to handle a bad situation. In fact, it can only make matters worse!

Being a hothead is definitely not the way to hold on to the people you care about.

As long as we are living and breathing, disagreements with other people will occur. That is why it is so important to learn how to deal with them properly. It may not even be the actual incident that causes a problem to escalate, but rather, the way people react to the incident.

When you fail to get control of your feelings, you can cause a minor incident to get completely out of hand.

Safeguard Relationships

One of the biggest reasons to start controlling your emotions is because it can help to safeguard your relationships. Believe me when I say that I personally had to learn this the hard way.

Learn how to let things cool down when arguments occur. Don’t allow a loss of self-control to end up ruining your relationships. There is lots of help, both online and off, for those who want to learn how to manage their anger.

Remember, there is always a right way to handle anger, and losing your temper with loved ones is NOT it. You can start with these 6 tips to help control your emotions:

TIPS to keep in mind:

1 Do your best to stay calm and don’t allow yourself to be swept up in your emotions. Instead of concentrating on how you FEEL, focus more on the actual situation so you can use sound reasoning.

2 If you are running too high, go take a little walk so you can distance yourself, not just from the person involved, but also from the problem.

3 Take the time to listen and really hear what the other person is saying. Remember, they may be speaking from the emotions that THEY are caught up in, so you don’t want to end up fanning the flames.

4 Be sure that you have properly conveyed your own thoughts and feelings to the other person without using negative emotions to do it.

5 Take the time to identify the EXACT problem and try hard to see it from the other person’s perspective.

6 If the mood isn’t too heated, discuss solutions to whatever the problem is, as well as the possible consequences of those solutions (so the cure doesn’t turn into another argument

 

Since communication is a vital key in any relationship, it is important that you gain control of your emotions when problems arise. Doing this will help you with the people in your life.

When you come to a meeting of the minds, you can handle any of life’s little disagreements. All it takes is controlling your emotions.

 

AN IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS POST:

Apparently, the contents of this article has provided some beneficial tips, that may actually help individuals who find themselves in emotionally challenging situations.

 

That includes households where things have a tendency to get heated. Though the points brought out in this article are specific to the dynamics of “normal” relationships, some of the advice may still be helpful in extreme situations.

 

But with that said, clearly reasoning with a somewhat reasonable individual is not the same as dealing with an irrational abuser.

 

If you, or someone you know is facing an abusive situation at home, please read the following article, and visit the following links.

 

·      Victims of Domestic Abuse: Please Know that You Are NOT Really Alone

 

·      Navigating financial help when leaving an abusive relationship

 

·      National Domestic Violence HOTLINE

 

·      RUSafe App.

 


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