I've long needed to know how to avoid overreacting. I confess, I'm seriously prone to overreaction. Catch me at the wrong time and I'm overly sensitive and emotional. By themselves, those aren't necessarily bad traits. When mixed with a temper, a low stress threshold, and a tendency to get illogical, you've got a volatile combination. As everyone knows, overreacting never does anything good. It's better for you and everyone else involved if you're able to keep a cool, calm head. If you're born a hothead, that's difficult – but it can be learned. You just have to figure out how to avoid overreacting in stressful situations.
1. Write down Your Feelings
One of the best ways to learn how to avoid overreacting is to get in touch with your feelings – or even vent them. Rather than getting in touch with them right in your perceived antagonist's face or venting them in the moment, try writing them down instead. Write down your feelings, what caused them, and who triggered them. If you're dealing with someone who frequently makes you overreact, write them a letter. Don't mail it – initially, it might be full of vitriol. However, in time, you can go back and come up with some talking points if you need to. Most importantly, now you have a way to track patterns in your behavior.