If you’re looking for ways to help reduce stress, here, I’ve got eight (8) tips to share with you on how to stay calm when you’re stressed or feeling down. I hope you find it useful now or later.
I need to do the laundry, check emails, cook and return phone calls, run some errands, apply for jobs while thinking about what to do tomorrow – this is me thinking about all the things I need to do – trying to do so many things at the same time could be draining.
“Let me kill two birds with one stone” – these are the words I say to myself. It gets the job done most times but leaves me exhausted.
Being exhausted …
We sometimes find ourselves upset, unhappy – we all have a right to feel this way. It all boils down to how we can change that feeling and the ability to stay calm when stressed.
How do I stay calm?
To stay calm means peaceful, quiet and without worry. Yves Behar opined “Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations.
How to stay calm when stressed (8 Tips).
1. Stay true to yourself
One of the ways to deal with stress is to admit it, which will enable you to find ways to reduce it.
2. Be Mindful
I know we’ve got that ability to do more than one thing at a time, but all it does is put us in a state of worry – feeling anxious about undone tasks.
Merriam Webster defines mindfulness as “the practice of maintaining a non-judgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.” Mindfulness means being aware of and controlling your experience. You are in the moment acting, not reacting to life.
In 2019, I learnt about mindfulness at a workshop organised at my workplace. Being in the moment – taking it a step at a time, for example, while eating, it should only be about the food, no distractions (phone) just concentrate on doing one thing.
3. Take a deep Breath
Simple breathing exercise can relieve stress. You can do it in your bed, standing or sitting.
4. Munch it
Having something to eat is very important. You don’t want to be stressed and hungry at the same time, (trust me, not a good combination). Go for healthy food such as dark chocolates, nuts, fruits because it’ll put you in a better mood according to Healthline. Don’t forget to stay hydrated (drink water).
5. Good sleep
Sleep is essential as it helps us relax and reduce stress. So, you might want to take a warm shower first, make your bed and have a good night sleep. Sometimes a power nap could be all you need to get you recharged.
6. Caffeine in moderation
The effect of caffeine in the body happens almost immediately. It affects the body in different ways, such as sleep. If you know you can’t do without a cup of coffee, you may want to try decaffeinated coffee or limit your intake as caffeine in moderation can give you that boost that you require. Thank you.
7. Phone family/friend/mentor
We all have that support system, so why not use it at a time like this. Pick up that phone – Just hearing someones voice could lighten your mood and could help relieve the stress.
8. Shake it off
Elevate your mood with good music. Bob Marley – “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Aretha Franklin – “Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, encouraging and strengthening.”
Dance as it will help reduce stress, watch movies, read a book, try out a new recipe, read a book or listen to an audiobook /podcast whichever you like.
On a lighter note
Being stressed is part of everyday life, so you’re not alone in this. Stay Positive, find humour in that situation. I hope it brings you ease and comfort.
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