There’s a lot going on in the world today. I mean, it’s sort of been that way for quite some time but it’s like it’s getting worse. It’s all so disheartening and scary. I would be surprised if you WEREN’T having a hard time staying happy and calm. So today I just want to leave you with a few tips on how to stay calm during a crisis.
Learn To Slow Down
First things first, slllooooowwwwww dddooowwwwnnnnn. If you’re not in imminent danger don’t react immediately. Wait to react until you’ve collected as much information as possible. Ask yourself if what has riled up will matter a year from now. If it will, step back and mentally remove yourself from the situation. This will help you explore other perspectives.
Make Sure You’re Breathing Properly
Keep breathing. When you’re under pressure it’s natural for your heart to race which makes your breathing shallow. Plus, some of us have a habit of holding our breath when we’re anxious ! If you don’t correct your breathing it’ll just perpetrate more anxiety. Take a few deep breaths. The increase of oxygen to your brain will also help you think more clearly. If you have an apple watch, tap that Breathe app.
Think On The Bright Side
Stay positive. I get that this is extremely difficult when you’re under stressful situations but it’s almost a necessity. Studies have shown that thinking positively holds way more weight than thinking realistically even ! When you dwell in negativity, every ‘what if’ outcome feels hopeless; too daunting. It easily discourages you from taking action.
Take Care Of Your Body
Take care of your body by making your personal health a priority. Exercise lowers stress hormones and helps your body function efficiently. By improving your health you also increase your self-control and emotional intelligence. To improve your health, you’ll also want to look for areas of opportunity in the things you eat.
Lower Screen Time
Disconnect and unplug for a day or two. Pull away from the situation at hand even if it’s just for an hour if that’s all you have. This will give you the time you need to really process what’s going on. You’ll be able to come back with a fresh perspective. When you disconnect though, go do something fun instead of intentionally trying to figure out the problem.
Learn Coping Strategies
Develop a healthy coping strategy. Find a ritual you enjoy in a place you consider safe and peaceful. Resorting to unhealthy vices often compound the problem in a lot of different ways. A few examples of some healthy ones include meditating, exercising, creating art or even cleaning the house.
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