Life has its ups and downs. During the most hectic times, it can feel impossible to keep your head above water. Luckily, there are some simple coping strategies you can use to stay calm during this chaos, and I’m here to talk you through them. One of the most crucial things is having a settled mind and being able to get yourself back down to a balanced state in order to keep a clear head. Here are some ways you can get yourself back to a balanced state and maintain calm decision-making-- keep them in mind for the next time life turns upside down.
Count to Ten
It may sound too good to be true, but this strategy really works. Count to ten, breathing slowly as you do to enhance the effects. Taking even this short period of time to refocus yourself can make a world of difference in maintaining control of your emotions and keeping your calm.
Close Your Eyes
Yep. Sometimes we just need a moment to block out the chaos, and shutting your eyes can be just the way to do that. When you close your eyes, it temporarily blocks you from the stimuli that are vying for your attention. This brief period of visual stillness allows you to gather your thoughts and to calm yourself.
Move Your Body
You already know exercise is a fantastic way to get your blood flowing and your heart pumping. But did you know it also produces increased endorphins in your body, which provides you with extra energy to attack your issues!? That’s right! You don't have to do a full-blown exercise to benefit, though. Taking a leisurely stroll might actually be best during times when you need to chill out. This relaxing activity gets you moving, literally. It can remove you from a stressful environment and give you a much-needed fresh perspective.
Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation
An effective strategy for releasing stress from your body without having to exercise, or even move out of your chair, is progressive muscle relaxation. This practice involves tensing and releasing the stress from every muscle group in your body. You can start with your head and work your way downward. Tense up the muscles in your face, hold for a few seconds and then release. Then move down to the next point on the body. This exercise can be completed in just a few minutes, and you'll feel unbelievably better when it's over.
Listen to Some Music
A soothing tune can be just the relaxation you need in times of stress. Up-tempo beats add energy when you need a boost, while songs with meaningful lyrics might improve your mood. Whatever you choose, music can have a profound effect on your feelings, and is a good tool to rely on when you want to calm down or feel better emotionally.
Take a Bath
Lying in a bath of warm water can be quite soothing to the soul for many. It's relaxing and, in many cases, seems to transport you to a better, more peaceful place. This is especially true when you add bubbles and a nice scent. Aromatherapy can add yet another layer to this calming routine.
These are just a handful of ways to regain and maintain your calm in times of stress. We can’t control external circumstances, but we CAN take control over our internal state. Choose the tips that resonate with you, and give them a try the next time you feel overwhelmed.
Blessings & Love,
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