Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

What's the best way to stop tears and overflowing emotions while you are at work?

22 Answers
Last Updated: 02/11/2019 at 9:39am
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Stacy Overton, PhD.


I am an enthusiastic life-long learner and also a professor of counseling. I have a passion for peoples stories and helping to guide and empower the human spirit.

Top Rated Answers
April 19th, 2015 3:30pm
Deep breathes and focus on the "now," being in the now , making a list of what you are grateful for a good steamy cup of chamomile tea helps the day pass quickly and keep you relaxed until you can unload at home and get the healing help you need to expedite a good cry and try to feel better!
May 2nd, 2017 1:24am
I had a mantra I would quote whenever I started feeling my emotions spill over. "Count to five, you're going to be fine, tomorrow will be kinder." However, I honestly find counting really helps. It forces you to concentrate on something else for a moment, and gives you time to pull yourself together. Shifting your focus from what you're feeling to what's going on around you also helps. Stay in the moment, if you know what I mean. Also, if you're at a workplace where you can take a break, go to the bathroom for a moment and just count. Give yourself ten seconds to be sad, and when you finish the count, you're going to be fine. Distract yourself with other things so you get so caught up in what you're doing, you can't think about anything else. Find small things at work to enjoy. Hope this helps!
March 11th, 2015 3:28am
Take a deep breath and count to 10, clear your mind and only focus on the numbers. Blink a couple times so the tears go away and keep your head up
March 16th, 2015 1:10am
when i get emotional in public i find it easier to isolate myself. for example ill go to the bathroom and wash my face with cold water to calm my nerves or i pull out my phone and watch something funny to get my mind off things.
April 6th, 2015 8:17am
breathe and look up at the ceiling! try to get your mind of what is bothering you by finding distractions as well
May 29th, 2015 10:49am
I always excuse myself and take a moment just for me, to either go outside to my car or go to the restroom. That moment of privacy always make me feel better and lets me clear my thoughts.
May 30th, 2015 3:12am
Take a moment to use the restroom or find a private place, like stepping out to your car. Ask yourself what it is that is causing or you think is causing this flood of emotion. Give yourself a moment to think and bring it to light. Ask yourself, is this something I can attend to now or can be fixed right now? If not, take a few breaths, tell yourself "I am only human". Promise yourself that the issue will be given full attention when the time is right and can be given full focus. Look at yourself in the mirror and thank yourself for caring and being so full of life and emotion. Deep breath, wipe the tears, splash a little water on your face and try again!
June 30th, 2015 9:23pm
I would recommend trying to focus on the task at hand. If you can absorb yourself in your work, you may find it easier to keep unpleasant feelings at bay; out of sight, out of mind. (:
October 26th, 2015 12:19am
I find that breathing deeply and looking up keeps the tears at bay. But really if you feel like crying, instead of supressing it let it out, albeit in private.
November 5th, 2015 5:29am
Stop. Take a deep breath and focus on your breathing. Make a mental list of all the things that make you feel happy. Think of good times, people you love anything that will put you in a happy place. And, if all else fails, don't be afraid to excuse yourself so you can take a quick breather. Wish you the best and remember, with every hardship comes ease.
November 17th, 2015 12:04pm
when you are at work you should concerate on it and do your best and then you will forget about tears and emotions
November 23rd, 2015 7:37am
Think about rainbows or puppies or kittens. Just something cute or visualize yourself laughing. Just think about or visualize something positive.
May 17th, 2016 6:40pm
Stopping tears easily is something I have always been good at. Basically, you pinch that little flappy skin part between your index finger and thumb hard, stopping the flow of tears.
- Expert in Managing Emotions
June 27th, 2016 6:39am
It good to realize that there is a place and time for all emotions. You can excuse yourself and go somewhere private to deal with the emotions before getting back to work.
August 15th, 2016 5:53am
At those moments Stop thinking with your heart and think with your mind. Enumerate in your head all the positive things that you have in that moment or the things that you are grateful.
June 12th, 2017 8:46pm
If a situation becomes too overwhelming then taking a minute or two to step away and take some slow deep breaths will be beneficial. Give yourself a moment to stop and re-centre yourself.
July 25th, 2017 7:08pm
I would say definitely remove yourself (if possible) from the situation that's bothering you, take a walk, go into the bathroom, get a drink of water, and try to "think out", and make sense of the situation at hand, and how to professionally deal with it
December 4th, 2017 4:38am
When I am extremely upset, I try to focus on the things that enjoy, no matter what it is. For example watching destiel videos always make me forget about my problems.
February 13th, 2018 3:11pm
Focus on what your doing. Sing a song maybe, not matter if you're a terrible singer. Focus on something else other than that, that makes you sad.
March 6th, 2018 2:36am
The best way to stop tears and overflowing emotion while at work is to when these moments happen take yourself out from the situation and move to somewhere there's less people and bring a friend with you to talk you through it too.
June 19th, 2018 9:52pm
Find a safe and quiet place where you can be yourself. Whether that is a quick trip to the bathroom stall or a walk outside, separating yourself from the bulk of the group will help you to feel more at ease. Secondly, take deep breaths until you feel the inner pressure begin to release. Emotions can cause us to feel very tight and uneasy on the inside.
February 11th, 2019 9:39am
Depends on why you you should have tears if its a medical emergency you should go see a doctor or if its that something bad happened emotionally then you should just take time to your self and think about what ever is going on if you feel like doing self harm then go to the suicide hot line or contact someone you trust to talk to you but if its just tears from stress or sadness from someone yelling at you then you should try to find a quiet place to calm down and relax your body to feel comfortable.