When you need to calm down, what works best for you? Do you count to ten? Leave the room? Here, our readers share their best strategies for giving themselves a quick "time out" instead of taking anger and frustration out on their kids.
Take a Moment
- Just calmly get up, walk out of the room, and take a minute to just sit in a cool spot and breathe.
- —Guest Megan
How to Deal With Hard Things
- Whenever I get upset because of hard things, I try to take a minute to look online for what I can do. I don't look for solutions, but reading about other people's struggles help me. If that doesn't work, try writing down the reasons you're angry.
- —Guest over reacter
- Don't calm down. Just let it all explode. You'll feel better after!
- —Guest no
Coping With Anger
- When I get angry I take my anger out by punching the wall or a punching bag to get me calmed down.
- —Guest charles
before you lose it
- When you're about to lose it, it's time to call in reinforcements. Thank goodness for grandparents!
- —Guest me
How I Calm Down
- I calm down with a cup of coffee or tea, a good book, my favorite radio channel or music, or just by spending time with my son.
- —Guest Grace