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7 Ways To Instantly Chill Out When You’re Feeling At The Edge

7 Ways To Instantly Chill Out When You’re Feeling At The Edge

It can be very easy to feel like we’re not in control of our own lives. With so many different responsibilities and people to worry about, who’s really running the show? In the end, you’re in charge of your own life, but it can be hard sometimes to remember that among all the stress and hubbub of the day-to-day. Whenever you’re feeling a little too anxious, just read these seven tips on how to chill out. You’ll feel better in no time — I guarantee it!

1. Meditate.

Meditation involves sitting, usually cross-legged, and focusing on your breathing patterns. The point of meditation is to let your mind let go of all of your stresses and to clear it completely. Meditation is a popular way to relax, and meditation sessions can last as long as you want. 10-minute sessions are fine, while some people might find hour-long meditation sessions to be the most helpful. However, meditation is good for more than just relaxation. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation has been shown to improve symptoms of the following conditions: asthma, cancer, pain, and sleep problems, among others.

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2. Practice yoga.

Yoga, like meditation, is a great way to relax. It often focuses on clearing your mind of all worries and letting it drift. However, because yoga is based more on holding poses for longer periods of time and moving, yoga is great for a light workout or for a good stretching session. In one study, people who practiced yoga regularly produced less of a stress-inducing hormone, therefore leaving them more relaxed in the long run.

3. Get moving.

Exercise is a great way to chill out. When you work up a sweat, your body releases endorphins, which have been shown to increase mood and enhance body image. So next time you’re feeling too stressed out, hop on a bike or go for a run. Even a moderate amount of exercise is sure to make you feel better.

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4. Take a spa day.

Your body takes a lot of abuse day to day, so show it some love with some much-needed pampering. Shave, put on a face mask, or paint your nails. Soaking in a warm bath might be a good option, since studies have shown that doing so increases your body temperature, therefore making you feel more relaxed. This also makes it easier to go to sleep once bedtime rolls around.

5. Smile.

Research over the years has shown that the act of smiling, even if you don’t feel particularly happy, improves your mood. According to researcher Judith Grob, we think, “I smile, so I must be happy.” Laughing can produce a similar effect. If you’re feeling really stressed, start laughing to yourself. You may feel insane, but pretty soon the happy mood will follow.

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6. Take up a hobby.

Hobbies are great ways to remove yourself from your routine and to chill out a little bit. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, having a hobby can do wonders to improve your mood. And if you don’t have a hobby and don’t know where to start? Try gardening! A study done in the Netherlands showed that gardeners were way less stressed after gardening than people who read for the same amount of time.

7. Play music.

Musical instruments are a great outlet for people looking to chill. Not only is music a great way to connect with other people with similar interests, but it also has been shown to lift your spirits. WebMD credits music with improving mood regardless of genre. So whether you’re into slow classical music or heavy metal, chances are you’ll feel a lot calmer after a short jam session.

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Featured photo credit: B.C. Lorio via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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