For instance, I think of myself in the third person. That allows me to manage myself better.
I also follow the resolution to Pay attention to my "tells." (A "tell," in poker, is an action or expression that serves as a clue to whether a person has a good hand or bad hand; without meaning to, you "tell" what you've got). A few years ago, I finally noticed that I have two very obvious "tells" that indicate that I'm feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
First, I need about three extra hours of sleep each night.
Second, I hanker to re-read some of my favorite works of children's literature. Notice, I say "re-read," because when I'm in this mood, I don't want to read anything new. I want to re-read something I already love. That way, I get the pleasure of reading without the special effort and suspense of reading a book for the first time. I can really savor the details. (Along the same lines, a recentRead More »from Do You Have Any “Tells” that Show that You’re Feeling Stressed?