Navigating Stressful Conversations: How to Keep Your Cool

Learn how Compassion-Focused Therapy helps manage stress and conflict by recognizing triggers, practicing mindfulness, and responding with compassion.

Navigating Stressful Conversations: How to Keep Your Cool
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Dealing with stressful interactions gracefully can be challenging, but Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) offers practical strategies to help. By managing your threat system and activating your safeness system, you can respond more compassionately during conflicts. Key points include recognizing triggers, practicing mindfulness, using soothing techniques like rhythm breathing, and responding with compassion.

“When provoked, pause, breathe deeply, and express your feelings calmly to avoid escalating conflict,” advises the guide on how to stay calm in stressful interactions.

For a deeper dive into these techniques and to master the art of staying composed during stressful conversations, check out the full article, “How to take the high road” by Alissa Hebbeln and Russell Kolts on Psyche.

How to take the high road | Psyche Guides
When someone provokes you, it’s easy to react without thinking. Learn to slow down and respond in ways you’ll be proud of