"There is little in our lives we need to do that we cannot do better if we are peaceful. Few situations--no matter how greatly they appear to demand it--can be bettered by us going berserk." From Codependent No More by Melody Beattie.
Chances are there are way too much rush, panic, pressure and demands for immediate reactions in your life. There's the issue--we react, instead of taking the time to consider and CHOOSE our responses. I am (slowly!) learning from my husband the calm, thoughtful, "just the facts, ma'am" approach to handling situations. It's a good thing to ask for time to consider your response rather than emotionally jumping into quicksand! Been there, done that, plenty of times!
So today, when pressured, give some thought to slowing down and considering options--there are always at least two--good attitude and bad attitude. :)