Emotions are automatic. That’s because it is our brain’s reflexive way of responding to situations in our lives. Any mammal with a brain is capable of acting on emotions. 

The act of thinking through our response to those emotions, even for a few seconds, is something we humans do particularly better than another animals. This is because it taps into a part of the our brain known as the prefrontal cortex that makes us superior in higher order cognitive processing. 

So although you may be inclined to react in the moment, slow down and rely more on your prefrontal cortex to chose the best response for that situation. 

After your emotions settle down you might grateful that you did.