Five Tips For Staying Calm

Published: 10th March 2010
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We live in a high stress society, more pressure is placed upon us now than ever before, whether it is your relationships, your job, your finances or your children the inability to stay calm under pressure will make even the minor problems major ones unless you can control your emotions. Here are five tips for staying calm and keeping cool under pressure.

Tip for staying calm number one. Take a deep breath. When you feel like things are out of control and the pressure is too much to bear, breathing is the body's physical way of exhaling stress. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose and exhale, layout your mouth. It is amazing the calming effects that breathing can have on you while stressed.

Tip for staying calm number two. Do nothing for five minutes. Unless the semi truck his beard off into your lane or you're on a plane that's about to crash chances are your stress can wait five minutes, when you feel that you are about to be out of control and you need to calm down one of the best things to do is remove yourself from the situation and do nothing for five minutes if you're at work excuse yourself and go to the bathroom if you are at home take a walk around the block, there are 1 million ways that you can excuse yourself from the situation and take five minutes to get calm.

Tip for staying calm number three. Take a nap. It worked for us when we were children and it still works for us as adults, taking a nap is one of the most calming things that you can do. Even if it's only for 15 or 20 minutes if you feel yourself extremely stressed or out of control and have the ability to take a quick nap you will be amazed at how you feel when you wake up. The reason why you are calm when you wake up from a nap is going to sleep gives your brain the ability to catalog and re-process information and allows the adrenaline levels in your body to dissipate. If you are looking for a surefire way to stay calm taking a nap is a great start, why do you think we have the phrase "let me sleep on it"it's because sleep allows you to look at things in a new perspective.

Tip for staying calm number four. Play games and or exercise. When you are not calm chances are unless you are a caveman your bodies fight or flight mechanism is going crazy this is causing adrenaline and endorphins to rush through your body at unusually high levels. Playing games and physical exercise will allow your body to dissipate this adrenaline and bring you to a more calm state.

Tips for staying calm number five. Talk about other topics. Nothing makes you more stressed when you are hardy out of control than staying on the subject that brought you there in the 1st place. Doing something as simple as changing the subject can help you get calm and you can always go back and revisit the topic with a clear head and a calm heart. If you are having an argument with your spouse and feel yourself getting out of control it's quite all right to let them know that you really would like to calm down and could we talk about something else for few minutes.

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