calm-down-by-breathing

Try taking several deep breathes to calm down

There are a million different ways we can become stressed out.  Stress can really come at you when you least expect it, and the best defense for a stress attack is a good knowledge of how to fight it.  Thankfully, there are several different ways to help yourself calm down after a long stressful day.

The first method I like to use to calm down is get some exercise or simply go for a walk.  Walking helps you release pressure build up from stress and it also releases a naturally occurring chemical in your body called an endorphin.  Going out into nature, a park, or even just a sidewalk can be much less stressful than remaining where you are currently at anyways.  This will help you both get the exercise you need to stay healthy and the time you need to think your way through your stressful situation.

Simply taking deep breathes to calm down is another stressreducer.org favorite.  If you can’t find your way to the park for a quick stress-walk then try finding your way to a cubicle or bathroom stall where you can be alone for a few moments.  Simply take many very deep breathes repetitively and in a calm manner.  This can be done anywhere, but being alone really helps reduce the stress.  Technically, the oxygen that you are inserting into your body is promoting healthy blood flow and oxidizing/cycling red blood cell levels throughout the body.  This calms the nerves, and releases physical tension as well.

Calming down can be a very difficult thing to do when you are in a pickle.  However, there are ways to reduce the amount of times you get riled up in the first place.  One of the best ways to do this is a change in the way you perceive certain situations and interactions with people, work, and the things around you.  This is a lifestyle change type of defensive attack towards stress.  The goal is to reframe the situation that you are in, and reanalyze you opinion of the situation into a less stressful viewpoint.  You can greatly increase the experience during a situation that might need calmed down by the way you look at things.  Reading mental health books and other pieces of literature that address pessimism and other destructive emotional thought patterns can really be a lot of help to someone who wants help calming down.

Of course this is all easier said than done, but at least you have learned a few quick methods to help with calming down, and a good suggestion for a long term attack at your stress problems.  Remember, calming down can be easier than you think, after all, it is mostly mental.