How to Calm Yourself Down

how_to_calm_yourself_blog_blankFeeling heated? There are all sorts of ways to cultivate serenity on a daily basis. But when you’re feeling angry, stressed, or frustrated, whether because of a missed train or a major miscommunication, calmness can feel out of reach. Here are some techniques to use to simmer down, and improve your mood by increasing your feelings of serenity.

Identify Your Feelings: It can be all too easy to say you’re feeling angry, when you’re really feeling overwhelmed. Try to take a moment to work through your feelings, and parse out your emotions: are you angry? Depressed? Sad? Frustrated? Identifying your feelings precisely is a good way to come up with ways to feel better.

One popular acronym may be your friend: HALT, which stands for “Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired,” is a tool commonly used in recovery, but applicable to any person interested in self-care. Use this acronym to check-in with yourself: is it easily rectifiable hunger or sleepiness causing your distress? Or, if it’s a larger emotional problem, strive to come up with solutions in a long-term way.

Change Your Scenery: Maybe staring at the same calendar each day is elevating your boredom or frustration. Or perhaps you’re sick of the plain white walls in your home. Don’t be afraid to make simple changes to your décor: our Mood-lites, for instance, can be easily screwed into your office desk or home lights to provide a transformative glow.

Move Away: Sometimes removing yourself from a situation really is the best solution. If possible, exit the stress-causing situation. Frustrated at work? Go grab a coffee outside. In a fight with a friend? Explain that you’re feeling overwhelmed, and ask if you can pick up the conversation later, when you’re both feeling more reasonable. Anxious about a job interview? Escape mentally, by putting in headphones, replying to a mindless email, or playing a game on your phone. Of course, never underestimate the healing force of a walk in some fresh air.

Deep Breathing: Is it any surprise that meditation and breathing exercises are a possible solution? Breathing exercises are ideal when literally exiting a situation isn’t possible. If it’s an overcrowded plane, for instance, or a frustrating meeting in the office, breathing exercises can be a handy way to reduce stress and tension, alleviate headaches and pain, and increase your ability to concentrate. See how to do a simple breathing exercise – it takes minutes, and requires no equipment beyond your lungs.

 

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