Take a hold on himself - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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take a hold on (oneself)
To begin to control one's reactions or emotions after not having done so previously. After losing her job, Pam needed to calm down and take a hold on herself in order to drive home safely. You're not going to be able to think clearly until you take a hold on yourself.
get/take a ˈgrip/ˈhold on yourself (informal) make an effort to control your feelings, especially in a difficult situation: I know you’re nervous, but you must get a grip on yourself. You’re due to go on stage in five minutes. ♢ Look, Ben, get a grip, will you? If we panic now, we’ll be finished.