Had a pretty bad day in the “offline” world but fortunately, I’ve developed a nice way of getting bad days out of my “system” as time passed. Sometimes I go for a walk, sometimes I choose another activity that makes me happy.
The absolute worst thing you can do (in my opinion) is “confront” people right away because that frequently leads to a very common mistake: saying something you end up regretting. Instead, get the anger out of your system and then (with a cool head!) confront the person in question if necessary.
I’m not saying you should keep everything bottled up until you explode, of course not. Instead, analyze things on a case by case basis. Sometimes when you’re upset with another person, confronting the person in question is the right decision but don’t do it while you’re angry. Instead, wait a bit and say what’s on your mind once you’re at least ready to have a civilized conversation.
The same principle is valid online. Maybe you’re upset with a business partner, maybe you’re angry at an end user and so on. In such cases, you’re probably tempted to give that person a piece of your mind and for such situations, I have an idea that I’ll be testing in the future: restart your computer. Yes, that’s my “brilliant” idea. Save whatever data you need to save and restart your computer. If you still feel like sending a strongly worded email after the restart then yes, maybe sending it is the right choice. If not, it probably means it would have been a bad idea but fortunately, I helped you avoid a potentially unpleasant situation.
I for one will be giving this strategy a try as of this point. It’s not exactly rocket science but a lot of times, good strategies aren’t.