how to stay calm

25 Powerful Tips to Stay Calm in Stressful Situations

how to stay calm

how to stay calm

It’s nearly impossible to stay calm and not buckle under pressure with so much of panic and chaos around.

That’s why it’s important to remain calm and maintain our inner balance.

Here we list a few habits and strategies that can help you stay calm in stressful situations:

  1. Don’t take things personally.

     It’s not always about you. If someone attacks you with harsh words, remind yourself that it may not be about you. He might be lashing out as he is having a bad day, might be unhappy with his job or might be simply irritated with his superior. It could be anything. When you put yourself in somebody else’s place, it will help you calm down instead of being reactive.

  2. Set routines. 

    Setting routines in your life will bring you peace of mind as it will reduce the need to make decisions about what to do next and help to anchor that restless nervous energy. When you have a set routine, it helps you free up space in your mind for other important tasks.

  3. Tune into your intuition. 

    Listen to your intuition and trust your gut feeling while making a decision. Listening to your instincts will help you take the most satisfying decisions. The impact of such decisions will help you improve the quality of your life, thereby providing you with calm and peace in your life

  4. Breathe deeply. 

    When you are in a stressful situation, pause for a minute and take five deep breaths in and out. Imagine the stress leaving your body.

  5. Stop over-analyzing.

      When you unnecessarily worry about things, it can quickly lead to mounting stress. Don’t stress over things that are beyond your control. If you notice yourself over-analyzing, go out for a short walk, listen to music or read something that will help you get distracted. Focus on things that make you happy.

  6. Visualize calming things or places

    Imagine that you are in a place that calms you like a beach or nature trail. Imagine being with someone whose company relaxes you instantly or think of past moments when you felt at ease with yourself.

  7. Create a to-do-list. 

    Create a to-do-list as it will help you prioritize. Look at your to-do-list and see which task needs to be done urgently and which can be put off for an hour or for another day. Your mind is usually in a hurry as there are a lot of things that need to be done and you keep jumping from one task to another without focusing on a single one. This creates unnecessary stress and clutter in your mind. When you have a to-do-list, you are relieved that everything that needs to be done will be taken care of and it relaxes your mind.

  8. Reduce your to-do-list

    A long or endless to-do list can freak you out and amplify your stress. Break down your to-do list and work on it one step at a time. Break it into tasks you can do today in the next 2 hours and tasks that can be done next week. This will help you quickly focus and get started with doing the most important things on the list.

  9. Organize and de-clutter.

     Clutter in your home or workplace can create stress and frustration. De-clutter your workspace as it will help you clear your mind and calm down.

  10. Journal your thoughts. 

    Getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper is a great way to relax and calm your mind. Writing will help you quiet the chatter in your mind and bring clarity and help you identify concerns and challenges in your life

  11. Get up 15 min early to plan the day.

     Planning your day will make your life easier. Wake up 10 or 15 minutes before your usual time. Then create a rough plan of how you plan to spend your day. Make a list and cut out events as and when you finish them. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and will help you stay calm in stressful situations.

  12. Listen to your heart. 

    Your heart tells you what is right for you. Following your heart will help you to be true to yourself, you will be more in sync with your morals and values in life. This will help you give peace of mind.

  13. Tune into your intuition. 

    Listen to your intuition and trust your gut feeling while making a decision. Listening to your instincts will help you take the most satisfying decisions. The impact of such decisions will help you improve the quality of your life, thereby providing you with calm and peace in your life.

  14. Split your goal into several mini-goals

    If your goal requires a lot of time and patience, split it into several mini-goals. Achieving several goals will give you a sense of achievement to keep you encouraged and will give you the patience to stick to your goals.

  15. Ask yourself what someone else in your place would do

    Get out of your head for a moment and change your perspective. Find a person in your life that you truly like and respect and ask yourself what that person in your situation would do? This will help you find a new perspective

  16. Pause and analyze your perspective

    If something is stressing you out, pause for a moment, take a deep breath and ask yourself, is it worth stressing about? Will it matter after a few hours, next day, next week, next month or even next year? Soon you would realize that most of the things that stress you out won’t even matter after a few days. So do not get anxious about things that are out of your control.

  17. Stop mindreading and ask

    Trying to assume things or mindreading people can cause unnecessary stress and tension in your life. So instead, communicate and ask what you want to. This will make things simpler instead of complicating. And it will also help you stay calm.

  18. Accept and let go

    If something from the past is bothering you, then accept it instead of pushing it away. When you accept your failures, negative experiences, they lose power. They no more matter to you and it will help you stay calm.

  19. Stop expecting perfectionism in everything you do

    Perfection is a myth and the sooner you accept this reality, the better it will be for you. Know that nobody is perfect and by expecting it, you would be unnecessarily stressing yourself out.

  20. Socialize.

     When you start feeling anxious, turn to your friends who can make you feel better. Spending some time with your friends can reduce your stress and help you calm down.

  21. Get enough sleep.

     Your body and mind need enough sleep to rest and refresh. Lack of sleep can stress you out. Getting your required amount of sleep can be a stress buster and help you stay calm and relaxed.

  22. Power nap.

     Taking a power nap of 15 minutes will refresh and revive your body and mind. Sleep helps you calm down. When your mind is at rest, it can sort through the confusions of your unconscious mind.

  23. Meditate or do yoga. 

    Meditation will help you find stillness that will help you de-stress and relax. Simply find a quiet corner to sit and concentrate on your breath or on a prayer. This will help you stay in a moment and reduce distractions and racing thoughts. It raises your ability to relax and calm down. Set aside time to meditate every day as it can change your life for the better.

  24. Practice patience in everyday situations.

     Practice patience every day by exposing yourself to stressful situations. This will help you raise your ability to calm down and remain calm and cool. For instance: Get into longer queues at the supermarket, push yourself to be nice to annoying people or simply take a long walk amidst nature.

  25. Unplug from technology. 

    These days everyone is overly connected with technology. Your mind is always on an overdrive with information; it always stays preoccupied with emails, social feeds, chats etc. Your mind doesn’t have the time to relax, to indulge in the present moment and enjoy life. Take some breathers. Unplug from technology whenever you can or simply allot specific time and set limits to get on social media. Know that you are not going to miss out on things if you are not online or connected all the time.




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