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Readers Respond: What Do You Do When You Need to Calm Down?

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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

I Don't

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

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