I've realized that stress is what is holding me back most in life. The pressure prevents me from sleeping, which affects my productivity, willpower, and health. Being worked up also stops me from thinking clearly and causes me to snap at my kids. So what's a mom to do?
Pause. I've been trying to take a few seconds when I feel myself getting worked up to assess the situation. Am I in danger? Is my biological fight or flight reaction necessary? 95% of the time, the answer is No.
This helps me put things in perspective and monitor an appropriate response. Running 5-minutes late for a meeting and make a wrong turn? You will survive and being worked up might actually make you make another.
So this week, try a gut check. Fight that biology with a bit of logic.