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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.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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