Every day we come across stressful situations but some people are more prone than others to feel extremely anxious. To calm yourself down when anxious follow the following tips.
When you face a stressful situation your body will respond by increasing your heart rate. Take a deep breath to decrease your heart’s speed and focus on breathing through your nostrils. You will feel calmer and be able to focus on the problem at hand.
When you’re feeling anxious go out for a walk, preferably in nature. Exercising makes the body release endorphins which contribute to feelings of wellness and happiness. Studies have shown that exercising will also lift up your mood and increase your self-esteem along with improving your physical health.
Studies have proven that sleep deprivation increases feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness. When you sleep, particularly when you dream, your brain rearranges your thoughts and works through problems. Let your brain rest and make sure you sleep enough. Don’t try to compensate the lost sleep hours during the weekend because it doesn’t work like that.
Remember that whatever it is, it will pass and you won’t stay stuck in your current situation forever. Practice positive self-talk (I will get through this, I can calm myself down…) and keep a diary in which you write things you are grateful to have.
If you fail to calm yourself down or you feel like you’re suffocating, you should book an appointment with a psychologist or mental health professional. Talking to close family members or friends can help you feel better and share your cares, but when things are really bad you better seek a professional.