A cool spirit

When there is an argument going on in our home and the emotional atmosphere is escalating … what should we do?

Keep Calm.

‘Easy said than done,’ I hear you saying, but keeping calm in the midst of turmoil can absolutely help.

Keeping calm is like a circuit breaker. It helps cool the emotions so that we can take more appropriate actions; be more responsible with our words and actions.

There is a proverb that says, ‘hot tempers start fights, a calm, cool spirit keeps the peace,’ I think we would agree is true.

How can I be calm when there’s turmoil?

Take some deep breaths … this changes your physiology.

If you feel you need to take a short walk, take one. It will give you a better perspective on the situation so you can re-engage in a better frame of mind.  It also allows you to understand what’s going on in you.

But you can also do this in the face of people as well. Take some deep breaks and perhaps say to yourself; ‘I’m going to remain calm here,’ ‘I don’t want to inflame this situation,’ ‘I will speak softly.’

Keep calm and bring a cool spirit.

No Regrets


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".