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How to stop being hot-headed/short tempered

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Old 29-10-2007, 14:59
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Hi there

This is a bit of a daft one really but wondered what tips people have on trying to become less short tempered/hot headed. I am not too bad but I do sometimes react a bit more hot-headedly to stuff than I would like and now that I have children I want to make sure I set them a good example by trying to be more calm about things but its not really in my nature so how do I train myself?

I obviously have heard the advise about counting to 10 before reacting but his does not work for me as if something happens I react straightaway instinctively before I think to start counting and only afterwards do I feel a bit and wish that I handled it a bit better.

Don't get me wrong, this is not happening all the time, but more than I would like with impressionable kids at home with me.

Any tips?

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Old 29-10-2007, 15:02
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Since starting teaching I've had to learn to control my temper in difficult situations. Sometimes, when I can feel myself getting really mad with somebody, I force myself to be excessively nice to them instead. Big smile. It's strange, but then I always feel like I'm being the bigger person, and as well as defusing the situation, it often freaks your opponent out!
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Old 29-10-2007, 16:09
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whenever you can, walk away from a confrontation and give yourself time to think instead of acting on instinct.
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Old 29-10-2007, 16:17
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Anyone can control their temper. Think about the times and places you have not been allowed or free to lose it.
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