How To Keep Your Cool At Work

You are worked up, red faced and on the verge of losing it. How do you keep it together and not flip your desk…oh is it really that heavy? Or flip your chair? Oh you actively avoid all upper body exercise; hmmm I didn’t know that was a religious thing. Well anyway, ignoring your inability to flip, throw or even slightly askew anything how should you keep your cool at work?

1. Breathe


Relax; I know, this is what every dumb motivational speaker says when talking about keeping your cool and controlling your temper but as much as I’d like to discredit those charlatans, unfortunately they are right. Taking a few deep controlled breaths with your eyes closed…you know what works better? Taking a few nice long shots of vodka.

2. Channel Your Anger

Taking a page from the actor’s handbook of methods, a good way to keep your cool is to think of someone that is the epitome of chill. Think of Hollywood’s golden age James Dean and Marlon Brando, the type of cats that were so cool you’d need a coat to hang out with them. This part will need a bit of research; first of all watch all movies with James Dean and Marlon Brando and by the time you’re done, you’ll forget why you were pissed in the first place.

3. Take it Out

shouting at screen

So, the best way to alleviate aggression is to take it out, and considering your religious mores regarding upper body exertion, when you are at your breaking point, kick the sh*t out of things. It doesn’t have to be destructive; and kicking something soft will also negate the risk of personal injury. On the other hand breaking things is so satisfying so, I’ll leave this one up to you.

4. Blasé

Don’t take everything personally; someone changing the water cooler bottle wasn’t to smite you and your religious refusal of upper body exercise and Tom’s sculpted arms aren’t there to taunt you, it’s to make his shirt sleeves taunt. You know maybe your anger issues go well beyond your religious sensibilities…you might want to get that checked out.

5. Seek Help

If you find yourself unable to control your temper and are constantly on the verge on exploding, then honestly you are beyond a band-aid fix. You might need a bit of professional intervention, too…with a professional psychologist’s help you can stop being the rage monster you have become, unable to conduct day to day activities without flipping your lid like a much less comical Yosemite Sam. There are both pharmaceutical and therapeutic solutions to manage anger. On the other hand it’s nice having most people quiver at the sound of your voice and scurry in a panic out of the break room.

6. Take a Moment

Okay, so as you figured out that article was a comical spin on what to do when you are angry at work. It’s a real issue especially when you are trying to stay professional and complete your daily work duties. Taking a moment to collect yourself, prioritize if in fact the matter is something worth getting upset over and disrupting your workflow and of course stepping away from the situation can all help calm your nerves and avoid disrupting or even ruining your day.

See Also: How to Calculate Your Burn Rate

Do you have any other helping tips for the unfortunately infuriated amongst us? Let us know in the comment section below.