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How maintaining composure can ease difficult situations

Self control
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Self-control is the ability to maintain composure and have control over emotions, or simply to not react negatively, in stressful or difficult situations. Particularly useful at work and maintaining a professional persona, self-control can also positively impact your whole life.

Self-control is defined as the ability to manage actions, feelings, and emotions, it reduces angry or emotionally fueled outbursts. It enables someone to keep their emotions under control at all times. Lack of self-control compromises judgment, common sense, and self-confidence.

It is important in an autonomous and independent work role requirement or for studying and learning at higher formal educational or spiritual levels. Self-control is a skill that can be learned and can reduce overindulgence or addictive tendencies.

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You have a high degree of self-control, not prone to emotional reactions or outbursts, you maintain a calm and balanced demeanor. This will serve you well in the professional sphere and also in building relationships.

What does a lower score mean?

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You do not have a high degree of self-control and are often ruled by your emotions. You react very strongly to other people if you feel slighted or criticized, and find it difficult to restrain your own thoughts and feelings.

To nurture your Self-control:

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Self-control is easier to achieve when well rested, relaxed, and you feel you are in control of your health and wellbeing. Try to always consider the bigger picture, and place the moment occurring in the midst of that big picture to understand in the larger scheme of things it is inconsequential. Start small, and just take a few deep breaths before speaking, or take a walk before reacting and then bring yourself back to the situation to respond.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Will your reaction now be detrimental to your future goals?
  • Will the situation or comment matter a year from now?
  • How about five years from now? (Balance your response based on that understanding.)
  • Are you getting enough sleep? Are you exercising?
  • Do you meditate? Do you eat well?
  • Do you have a moment to yourself in the day that is just for you?
  • Are you aware of your trigger words? (First, try to control your reaction to those triggers.)
  • Do you have clear goals and a focus on the end goal?


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I do not often think about the way I am feeling

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It is important to understand why people behave in the way they do

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When I’m feeling uncomfortable, I can easily name these feelings

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I usually know why I am feeling the way I do

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I am often on auto-pilot and do not pay much attention to what I am doing

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Sometimes I am careless because I am preoccupied, with many things on my mind

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I often dwell on the past or the future, rather than the present

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My mind often wanders when I am trying to concentrate

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I often find myself thinking about how to solve past negative events

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When things go wrong, I often think about them constructively for long periods of time

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I tend not to look back and think about how I could have done things better

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