I'm in shock after a stressful situation and I can't do anything. I want to say that I'll do something after I calm down. What's the best way to say that? Does something like for example "out of shock" exist?

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    'I'm okay now', 'I've recovered', etc – marcellothearcane Apr 1 '17 at 11:23
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    I need time to wake up (as in become conscious or aware). – vickyace Apr 1 '17 at 11:23

A person who is under stress is said to be wound up and they need time to unwind.

A person whose life is coming apart at the seems or whose life is falling apart (has lost control) needs to pull himself together.

Someone faced with a sudden shock may need to get a grip on himself.

If the stress has continued to build, and you can't take it anymore, you may need to let off some steam or decompress. Or you might want to come up for air.

The simplest thing to say after experiencing something stressful or shocking is I need to take a timeout or simply I need a break.

You might tell someone that you need to do any of these things before you can move on.


You might say you will do something after you decompress:

to undergo release from pressure; especially : relax

need a week off to decompress

source: Merriam-Webster

Here's an article titled 12 Ways To Decompress After High Stress.

You might also consider using the phrase back at/to baseline. Merriam-Webster defines baseline as:

4 : a usually initial set of critical observations or data used for comparison or a control

5 : a starting point

Back to baseline means returning to an initial state. Here is an article titled Back to Baseline describing a patient's recovery after a serious car accident.


I will do it after I settle my nerves.


settle your nerves
to make yourself feel calmer:
After the accident, he went for a walk to try to settle his nerves.


Here is what I might say, if I had my snappy diplomatic comeback pants on: "That was so disturbing. Please give me a few moments (days?) to gather my thoughts and I'll be ready to address this next matter."

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