What can you do to find some relief when you’re feeling stressed? If you can’t remove the source of the stress, sometimes your best plan of action is to find some calm.
Here are eight ways to find calm when under stress:
One of the easiest and readily available ways to find calm when feeling stressed is breathing. Stop and take a few deep breaths if you feel your anxiety increasing.
2. Try to keep a sense of humor.
Stress can pop up in many different situations. And while some of these instances aren’t that funny, trying to find a bit of humor or positivity can help keep you calm while figuring out a solution.
3. Take a nap or get some sleep.
If you’re not getting quality sleep, it can make a stressful situation even worse. A 20-minute power nap might be just what you need to calm down when feeling stressed out.
4. Get some space.
Physically distancing yourself from a stressful situation is another way to find some calm. Head outside for a quick walk, or excuse yourself to take a few deep breaths.
5. Go to the gym.
Another great outlet for stress is exercise. Getting in a workout can help you take your mind off whatever might be causing you to feel stress, even if just for a little while.
6. Write down what you’re thinking or feeling.
While a workout is a great physical outlet for stress, journaling can be a less physical and effective outlet. Find some calm by writing down what you’re thinking or feeling.
7. Relax your muscles.
Stress causes your muscles to tighten, leading to even more feelings of anxiety. Take a deep breath and let your muscles relax, especially around your head, neck, shoulders, and jaw.
8. Drink a glass of water.
Your body relies on good hydration to run smoothly. When feeling stressed, make sure you’re eating enough and staying hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
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