From 0 To 100: How To Stop Overreacting

June 12, 2015  |  
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If God doesn’t like ugly, why should we have to deal with it too? Some folks are entirely too negative and vile for their own good. Should you happen to be someone who can turn crazy on and off like a switch, this one is for you. Here are some pointers on ways you can stop overreacting.

Admit your issue

There’s a reason why recovery programs have this as the first step. Before you can make any real changes you must first recognize you have an issue.

Look for triggers

Are there things or people in you life who know how to set things off? All of us have a trigger that makes it easier to flip a table.

Realize your choice

At the end of the day, all of us are responsible for our actions. No one is putting a gun to your head and telling you to overreact. You’re in control and can make changes if you want.

Recognize your limits

It takes quite a bit of maturity to recognize your pressure points. Why keep yourself in or around a situation or a person that agitates you?

Learn to walk away

If things start to get heated, learn to walk away. Just because folks invite you to argue doesn’t mean you need to rsvp.

Let go of the need to be right

One reason why people argue and overreact is because they need to prove their point…over and over again. You can say what you have to say without constantly pressing the issue.

Just let it go

At some point you need to purge yourself of old drama and situations that leave you feeling a certain kind of way. Who the heck has the time to overreact about something that happened years ago?


This word has the power to change situations for better or worse. Folks love reacting to news and drama without getting all the facts. Make sure you listen before you respond.

Stop entertaining the wrong people

How are you surprised a particular person gets under your skin when they do it all the time? You know how they are. Rather than expect a different result, limit your interaction.

Consider the argument

Just because you feel you’re right doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider what others have to say. Listen to differing opinions and try your best to see things from a new perspective. There’s a chance you misinterpreted something that would’ve made you angry.

Be calm for your sanity

You should — for your own sanity — want to better your attitude. There’s no excuse to walk this earth extremely bitter and upset. Life is too precious and unfortunately not afforded to everyone. Practice more gratitude instead of anger.

Laugh away your frustrations

Kevin Hart can laugh at his pain, but we’ll save that for heated moments throughout our lifetime. Sometimes you need to shake things off in order to keep calm and carry on with life.

Think of fools in the street

All of us have witnessed public displays of craziness. Folks really have no issue when it comes to overreacting in front of a crowd. Remember your side eye the next time you have an episode.

Don’t keep count

Grudges will only make your life miserable. Stop keeping count of who offends you, hurt you, or looked at you funny. Either deal with them — and accept how they act — or move on. Keeping track or score of offenses will make you more and more heated.

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