100°-plus weather, a broken air conditioner, a pool closed due to budget cuts, heat that will not end, and weather that seems like it is doing everything it can to make our lives miserable. This is the perfect recipe to activate that impulsive Little Brain in any of us.
The extreme weather can cause some people to get angry, upset or frustrated even faster. What normally would be a simple annoyance may find some overreacting to the moment because they feel like they have no control over the heat that surrounds them.
Aside from our own ability to slip in to Little Brain mode, we need to keep an ear out for others who are slipping without being aware they are doing it.
Listen for signals that someone is in Little Brain mode:
“When the *@#% is this heat going to let up?”
“Why is it so **#@*ing hot?”
“What do you want me to do? I can’t make it cooler!”
Conversational tones also increase with the heat. Keep a keen ear for the increase in tones and don’t follow someone when their tone starts to match the mercury.
A few Big Brain guidelines for hot days:
- Stay emotionally cool: When others are letting the heat get to them, don’t engage and try to win a heat-induced argument. Let them vent and get out of their way. Remember, it is the heat that is causing the problem.
- If you are at work and people around you cannot handle the heat, take a break, get a drink of water, go for a walk, visit a co worker on a different floor. It will give the others time to cool off and allow you to get back to a better work environment.
- Go to the Mall. Air conditioning was first introduced to the general public through movie theaters in the 1920s and 30s… even into the 60s there were large banners below the marquees: “Air Conditioned.” Today every large shopping center is fully air conditioned. Not a bad place to hang out.
Can you think of any places around you that are great places to be cool?
© 2011 Kevin T. McCarney. All rights reserved.
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