Everyone feels overwhelmed once in a while. Whether it is because you’re angry, nervous or anxious, it’s a natural thing that happens to all of us. Some people are better at dealing with it than others and will be able to collect their thoughts and settle down in an instant. Those of us that let our feelings get the best of us, however, will take longer to get back to normal. By trying out some of these calming techniques, you’ll be better prepared for the next time it all gets a little too much.
· Go for a Walk
If you feel yourself getting stressed out then grab your shoes and go for a walk. It could be a long one or a short one, but it will help you settle yourself down. Not only is exercise proven to settle nerves in a person, but walking should give you the time to take some perspective and analyse the situation. From there you will be able to see if it’s worth getting worked up about and your next course of action.
· Do Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises are a great example of calming techniques. It is also a great alternative to taking a walk. If you are trapped in a situation that is overwhelming you then taking a few moments to do breathing exercises should help you settle down. There are all different kinds of exercises you can do. This one could be perfect if that co-worker is getting on your nerves around the office again.
· Calming Techniques: Mental Breaks
Being able to do mental breaks correctly may take a while to get right, but when you do it helps immensely. If you have the opportunity for even just a couple minutes to yourself then use visualisations and guided imagery to help you settle yourself down. It will let your brain reset and put you in a better mood.
· Evaluate the Situation
A lot of the time when our emotions overwhelm us, it will cloud our judgement and we will only be able to see the situation from one perspective. This won’t help the situation. If you are able to separate yourself from the scenario and look at it from different angles, it will mean that you can evaluate the best course of action to take. Look at how any other people in the situation would be looking at it and try and understand it from their angle.