Life has its ups and downs. There are periods that will be more hectic and crazy than others. During these times, it can really help you to learn some coping strategies. There are some simple ways to stay calm when chaos erupts in your life. Having a settled mind and looking at things from a less frazzled state can truly help you to make clear-headed decisions. Keep these in mind next time life gets turned upside down.
Count to Ten
It may sound too good to be true, but this strategy really works. Just count slowly from one to ten. Try to breathe deeply as you do, as this will enhance the effects. This little trick can help you to quickly gain control of your emotions and feel calmer in a pinch.
Close Your Eyes
Yep. Shutting your eyes for a moment blocks out a great deal of the stimuli that are currently vying for your attention. This brief period of visual stillness will allow you to gather your thoughts and to calm yourself. Take it one step further by rubbing your palms together for a minute or two until they feel warm and tingly. Then, lightly cup your eyes with your palms and relax into that warm, soothing darkness.
Move Your Body
Exercise is a fantastic way to get your blood flowing and your heartbeat racing. You'll also increase the productions of endorphins in your body, providing you with extra energy to attack your issues. You don't always have to do a full-out routine to benefit, though. Try shaking your arms and legs or just do some stretches. Sometimes, just taking a leisurely stroll might actually be best when you need to chill out. This relaxing activity gets you moving and away from the situation. It can remove you from a stressful environment and give you 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. You can also do it from the toes up. This exercise can be completed in just a few minutes, and you'll feel tons better when it's over.
Listen to Some Music
A soothing tune can be relaxing. Up tempo beats add energy when you need a boost. Perhaps something with meaningful lyrics might improve your mood. Whatever you choose, music can have a profound effect on your feelings and is a good option to rely on when you want to calm down or feel better.
You can also combine listening to your favorite music with moving your body. Everybody benefits from a dance break!
Take a Bath
Lying in a bath of warm water can be quite soothing to the soul for many. It's relaxing and can actually seem to transport you to another place. For some, adding bubbles and a nice scent hits the spot. Aromatherapy usually adds yet another layer to this calming routine.
These are just a handful of ways to stay calm when you're stressed out. Choose the ones that resonate with you, and give them a try the next time you feel overwhelmed or when life is chaotic.
Sparkles and Love,