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10 Things You Can Do To Calm Your Nerves When Facing Stress

10 Things You Can Do To Calm Your Nerves When Facing Stress

Stress is unavoidable. The harder you try, the more stressed you become. So what to do? Stress can be managed, whether it is positive stress (eustress) or negative stress (distress), by keeping your nerves calm and your brain cool. Here are a few tips to keep yourself calm while facing stress:

1. Talk it out

Find someone you’re close to, and talk about the factors that are causing stress. Discuss the details, and seek advice or guidance. Talking to someone will help the tension fizzle out, and in turn you may get a solution to your problems.

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2. Write it down

Sometimes it may not be possible to share your problems with others. In such situations, putting pen to paper and writing down the causes of the stress helps soothe your nerves.  Writing is very much like you are talking to yourself. It may provide a kind of introspection, which could lead you to better ideas regarding the stressful events. You may destroy/delete the contents when you feel better if you don’t want anyone else to read your notes.

3. Take a bath

Water — in particular, cool water in summer and slightly warm water in winter — may prove to be of great help in stressful situations. When stressed, take a shower, which will relax your muscles and thereby ease your tensions. While bathing, try not to think about anything. Keep your mind as empty as possible.

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4. Go for a walk

Walking is considered a great exercise for the body. However, walking is also good for the brain. But don’t walk hastily with clenched fists. Enjoy slow maneuvering in cool air and peaceful surroundings. Feel the breeze on your face. Listen to the sounds of nature. Observe the things happening around you, such as the ants working in the chain, birds chirping in the air and water flowing down a river. It will relieve you, momentarily, from your stressful situations and you will feel recharged to fight back.

5. Listen your favorite music

Music is considered a great healer, and can be a soothing companion in stressful situations. Play your favorite songs. Usually, slow music is considered better in easing tension than hard-hitting rock, but this varies from person to person.

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6. Read your favorite book

Reading, if you like it, can help in soothing your nerves. However, if you don’t like to read, then avoid it. Choose subjects that are close to you, that you enjoy. Reading takes us into a different world from the actual one we are in. For some time, it’s like the brain thinks only about what is going on in the book, and not what is going on with you. As you are not thinking too deeply about the stressful situations, you feel relaxed. And even after finishing the book, the contents seem to occupy the mind for quite some time, which allows no room for the stressful thoughts. After you are relaxed and recharged, you may confront the situation again.

7. Watch a movie

Go to a movie by yourself to take you out of the surroundings and situations responsible for causing stress. The two or three hours that you will be away from the stressful world will rejuvenate you.

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8. Eat

For some people, stress is associated with overeating, which leads to obesity. If you fall in this category, then you should choose your food wisely. It has been found that eating in stressful situations may provide some relaxation.

9. Play with toddlers

If possible, the company of a child can be a great way to relax. Children are innocent and stress-free creatures. If they feel pain, they will cry it out. But as grown-ups, we hesitate in crying. Instead, we accumulate our frustrations, which in turn adds to stress. If you have access to a child, or a few children, just spend some time with them. Be a child. This will help you in keeping troubling situations out of your mind.

10. Face the situation and solve the problem

Finally, the big one. All the above suggestions are helpful in providing some time to relax, but stressful situations are not going to subside on their own. So be brave, and face the situation until you have reached a solution. Take a break, re-energize yourself, and come back to kill the demon.

Featured photo credit: net_efekt via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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