I'm a creature of habit and I always find the day goes better if the day gets off to a calm start with a nice hot shower and a cup of tea. I get a bit stressed if I don't have my routine and thinking time. Well this morning(6.30AM) no sooner had I got into the bathroom when my husband came in looking for something and then my son with some urgent questions and moments later even the cat came in to demand breakfast. I could just feel my stress level shoot through the roof. I tried to talk myself out of it thinking, headache on the way stress,stress, stress. Tried calm breathing.Couldn't keep a lid on it so went and got a book I have full of lovely photographs and just looked at that on my own for five minutes. Result! Stress went away, threat of headache went away and so did the irritation. I've never tried that tactic before but I will do it again now if I need to. Has anyone got any other quick and easy strategies they use when they feel they're losing control and the usual things don't work?