Tuesday Tip: Use “I” Statements

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An “I” statement is a way of communicating frustration while minimizing blame and criticism.  For instance, if you’re taking a trip and your flight is delayed, you can convey that frustration with a “you” statement like “You’ve delayed my trip” or an “I” statement like “I’m frustrated that my trip is delayed.”  The latter is less likely to escalate the tension already present in the conversation and will make it easier for the two parties to come to a reasonable solution.

Tuesday Tip: Get Some Exercise

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Physical activity has clear psychological benefits.  This is particularly true with regard to our emotional well-being, as it’s known that exercise elevates mood.  If you are feeling angry, take some time for your favorite physical activity.  Even a brisk walk will do the trick.