8 ways to keep calm
One thing most of us struggle with in life in stress, life is hard, so here is my guide to staying calm. Some of these things will help to prevent more stress and others will help when you feel your blood started to boil.
1-Let go... This thing that may seem like the end of the world right now. It’s not, I promise. Stressing out about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.
2-Take a breath... The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:
- Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
- Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
- Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.
Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.
3-Get some exercise... Exercise is a natural mood-booster because it releases endorphins; natural chemicals that make you feel calm and happy. Several studies have demonstrated that exercising regularly can make you feel calmer and happier overall. Whether you go for a run, do callisthenics, do yoga, or lift weights, 30 minutes of physical exercise every day can help you relax
4-Take up a hobby... This one works on different levels. Picking a hobby that you can pop in your pocket is the idea. Having a hobby you enjoy keeps your mind active and occupied, plus when your starting to feel stressed take a time out with it, even if its just 2 minutes. This could be anything from knitting to a app, or even just researching a subject on google on your phone.
5-Plan ahead... If you’re going to do something that can bring on stress then plan ahead. Things like giving yourself extra time and having a back up plan will instantly reduce any stress you know you may face, as you know this in the back of your head.
6-Ask for help... You don’t always have to go it alone in these situations. You can ask a friend, family member or even someone you may not know that well for a bit of help .You might not always get it but you may be surprised at how helpful people can be if you just ask.
7-Reduce your to do list... A big or seemingly endless to-do list can cause a ton of overwhelm and stress. To calm down simply ask yourself: what would I work on if I only had 2 hours for work today? Then work on that task one step at a time. This one helps me to quickly find my focus and to get started with doing one of truly most important things when I’m stressed. And it helps me to be selective with what I put on my to-do list for the day and week in the first place.
8-Keep things simple... Here’s a reminder that I’ve used more time than I can count: “Keep things extremely simple”. It used to be at the top of my white board for over a year to remind me to not overcomplicate and to think of situations and solutions in the simplest way I could. Over thinking is a big contributor to stress and to spending too much time and energy on things that aren’t really that complicated. I quite often sandwich this reminder between first focusing on my breathing and then following it up with focusing on one small or tiny step forward.