We’ve all wanted to have meltdown at work before, haven’t we? But since we have to pay our rent, we usually swallow our words and continue sitting there like a good little employee.
But if you do happen to lose your cool, “as with anything, it’s not necessarily about what happened — it’s about how you react to it,” according to The Muse.
“You don’t need to resign yourself to being forever known as the employee who cried in the supply closet. In fact, there are a few things you can do to patch things up and move on from your outburst,” it added.
Here’s how you can recover after you lose your composure at work:
Never show your face again. Kidding, just accept that it happened, first of all. You’re human. Then let it go. “It can be tempting to keep rehashing and reflecting on the incident. But, what purpose does that serve other than to make you feel bad?” The Muse said.
“So, stop beating yourself up over your outburst, and instead determine your best course of action for remedying the situation. After all, you can’t expect everyone else in the office to move on if you won’t.”
That means you have to figure out what made you go bonkers.
“Having one emotional eruption in the office is uncomfortable — but still manageable. Being the employee who loses it every time a co-worker borrows your stapler without asking? Well, then you’ve got problems. Needless to say, it’s important that you determine what exactly inspires your flare-ups so that you’re self-aware enough to proactively avoid or suppress any situations that might lead to a future incident.
Perhaps you didn’t burst into tears just because your boss asked you to re-do a project. n fact, you may have already been feeling stressed due to the long hours you pulled the night before and a terrible traffic jam on the way to work that morning … Get to the root cause so that you’re aware of these triggers and can better manage your emotions in the future.”
Say sorry. It’s simple: Apologize to whoever you went off on and really mean it.
Finally, make a plan for next time.
Try to keep your emotional responses in check with actions — maybe go hide in the bathroom stall for a while or go take a walk. These will help you from reacting in the moment and embarrassing yourself again.
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