When I was teaching Time Management years ago, I found a quote in the textbook by Steven Covey that I use to this day. As a matter of fact, it is hanging on the bulletin board in the waiting room at my office (the quote, not the book). I will paraphrase his words - Between stimulus (event) and reaction there is a space. It is within this space that we find our power and freedom (to respond in a balanced manner). Take this space, observe your feelings and thoughts, and determine if they are coming from a calm centered place or a negative and anxiety producing place. Try it! Practice it!