Sunday, 20 March 2016

5 Ways To Calm Down When You're Feeling Stressed

On a day to day basis, most of us will have to deal with stress. I personally am a complete over thinker/worrier so I make my stress ten times worse than it should be and I end up having complete meltdowns. I recently finished deadline week in university which is always the time when my stress levels are at an all time high so I thought I would share a few tips on how I managed to calm myself down when things started to get too much!

BREATHE
Whenever I feel myself freaking out over something, my brain fills with worrying thoughts, I get a horrible dropping sensation in my stomach, my temperature sky rockets and my breathing quickens. Luckily, over the years I've become quite good at noticing the signs of one of these freak outs pretty early (usually the temperature), so I researched some breathing techniques on the internet and started to do these whenever I felt even slightly stressed. Wherever I am I stop what I'm doing, close my eyes and take a huge breath in through my nose into my lungs. I do this really slowly and hold my lungs at full capacity for a few seconds before releasing through my mouth. I do this for as long as it takes until I feel calm again. This is probably the most important technique you can have to de-stress because when you feel stressed your breathing quickens, meaning you're not getting enough oxygen into your system or to your brain which can create panic attacks! 

GO FOR A WALK
Once you've calmed yourself down and stopped a panic/fainting attack from happening, we can start thinking of ways to clear our minds and get rid of some of the stress that's causing these attacks. I can almost guarantee that stepping outside and breathing fresh air will make you feel instantly better. For instance, I find public transport very difficult. I struggle with severe motion sickness which means that any form of transport causes me to feel ridiculously sick, to the point where I have thrown up before. This added with the hot stuffy air, the crowds of people and the fact that I also struggle with being claustrophobic, means that getting the bus to and from university is my least favourite part of the day. I've found that when I start to freak out on a bus, I simply get off at the next stop and breathe the fresh air whilst waiting for the next one. I'm aware that not everyone can do this given that we all need to get places quickly, however if like me this is something you struggle with, making the time to be able to step off the bus if you need to can help SO much. Removing yourself from the situation that's making you feel nervous and stepping outside can calm you down almost instantly. Although I will say that whilst removing yourself from the situation to stop a panic attack from happening is a good thing, always try and go back into that situation. Sometimes, taking yourself out of the situation can in fact make things worse by allowing your brain to then associate that situation, and any other situations like it, with anxiety, resulting in a fear of those types of situations developing. So whilst it's good to breathe the fresh air and calm down, always try again! 

WRITE THINGS DOWN
One of the best ways of clearing your mind and getting rid of those crowding thoughts is to put pen to paper and empty them from your brain. I keep a little notebook on my bedside table and I do this every night before bed. It only takes a few seconds and it means that anything I need to remember, anything I need to make sure I do the next day is out of mind and on to paper, meaning I can now relax and not have to worry about forgetting it. I also keep a journal (something I've done since I was 12) and most days I will write down anything that's happened that day, good or bad, or anything that's worrying me and just empty it onto the pages. Getting any negative thoughts out of your mind is so helpful in making yourself feel better and lets you use your mind to get these things sorted rather than making you feel stressed. 

DRINK GREEN TEA
Whilst you're writing down your thoughts, sip on a nice hot cup of green tea. I don't quite know why, but green tea is meant to be very good for your body and is an excellent way of calming ourselves down. There are so many different flavours out there that you could find one that works for you and drink this when you're feeling like things are getting on top of you too much. I know I love the feeling of sitting down with a hot cup of tea and having the liquid warm me up and calm me down from the inside!

GET FRESH
If you have the time for a nice hot bubble bath with candles and face masks, then by all means do it! If you don't have time for that then simply having a shower can help calm you down. Cleaning your body and putting on fresh clothes can instantly recharge you and make you feel fresh and ready to tackle the things that are adding to your stress. Staying in your pyjamas can be a comfy thing to do, but when it comes to getting things done and eliminating stress it will help so much more to freshen up and pamper yourself, whether that be just a quick shower, a face mask or even just a change of clothes!

Even though these tips work for me, find out what works for you! I've also found that reading a book, knitting or even just listening to some relaxing music can help calm me down and get a better grip on things. Do some trial and error and find the best ways that help YOU calm down, because everyone is different and our bodies all work in different ways. I hope this helped those of you who struggle with stress/anxiety and are not quite sure what things can help!

How do you deal with stress? Do any of the things I mentioned work for you?
xxx

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28 comments

  1. I totally agree for going for a walk it helps so much to relax !
    Alexandra xx
    http://littlefrenchblog.blogspot.fr

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  2. I like the whole list of ideas. They are amazing ways to de-stress indeed.

    Heba xx || The Heba

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  3. This is really helpful, thank you for sharing! I think your blog is lovely, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! :) I'll definitely check out your blog xxx

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  4. Breathing is so important for de stressing, I've started mediating for ten minutes at the beginning and end of everyday and it means i start the day in an anxiety free state and it's so much better :) Ialso love the idea of pampering yourself, It's important to treat yourself :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That's such a good tip! I might have to try that :) xxx

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  5. Great tips! Very helpful post dear!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  6. I really love all these tips, especially the green tea one! Its always good for stress x

    http://bassethoundsandbronzer.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! :) Me too it always calms me down! xxx

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  7. Green tea and a bubble bath always help me!

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  8. Drinking tea is definitely my main de-stressor! I also like doing the adult colouring books, but with watercolour paints! It's so much more therapeutic! ♡

    Evelyn | BeautyCloud9

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    1. I love adult colouring books! I've never tried it with water paints though I'll definitely have to try that :) xxx

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  9. I've started making time every Sunday evening for a pamper before the week ahead - it makes such a difference :) also totally agree with writing things down - I like to empty my head of things I have to do so they don't keep me up at night xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. That's such a lovely idea! I need to start making time to do that :) Thank you for visiting my blog, I love reading yours! :) xxx

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  10. I definitely love going for walks when I'm feeling stressed out. And taking a bath :)

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Completely agree! It helps to clear my mind so much! :) xxx

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  11. I always go for walks & treat myself! I find it works for me aha! Treat yo' self

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    1. Hahah me too! I love walking my dog it's so relaxing and a win win for both of us! :) xxx

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  12. Thank you for the tips, I like to get in the fresh air, it always makes me feel better!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thank you, me too it's so refreshing! Thanks you too! :) xxx

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  13. I like to get outside for a walk, even if it's for 5, 10 or 30 minutes. It helps me relax so much. And a hot bubble bath after walking is always a good idea! :) great post x

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com.cy

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    1. Me too, I take my dog for a 15 minute walk and it's so relaxing :) thank you! xxx

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  14. This is a great post, I'll have to give some of these tips a try.
    Samantha | www.questforcalm.com

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