As someone who struggles with anxiety on a daily basis, I know what it feels like to feel overwhelmed and unnerved all of a sudden. It can cause panic, the urge to flee your current situation, or an all out ‘crawl out of your skin’ feeling. Not pleasant in the least and not very conducive to having an enjoyable, productive day.
I’ve learned, however, that you don’t need to succumb to anxiety or even anger. There are easy ways you can calm yourself down that don’t require you spending a fortune to get a massage. Let’s be serious, spur of the moment massages whenever you’re feeling stressed really aren’t realistic (but oh how I wish they were!).
So whether you’re feeling anger rise within you, nervous for a test or interview, or just feel a little overwhelmed by your day-to-day worries, these are 5 tips that are quick, easy, and effective for calming yourself.
1. Deep breathe
Tuning in with your breath is an automatic way to calm yourself. It centers you, brings you back into reality, and physically slows your body down. When you engage in deep breathing a message is sent to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.
2. Get outside
This is a go-to for me. Sometimes being inside feels so restrictive and the walls seem like they’re closing in when I’m hit with anxiety. But changing my environment and getting out into the wide open world immediately makes me feel at ease. Nature is tranquil and even if it means standing in your backyard for a few moments, it can make all the difference. Take your shoes off, let your feet feel the grass, and take in the cool, fresh air. If you can, try to find water to be around. Water is meditative and can be very calming to look at and listen to.
3. Do a guided meditation
I know, I know. Meditation is the last thing you want to do when you’re in an anxious state. For me it’s incredibly tough to ‘clear my mind’. But as with most self-care techniques, it takes practice. I am a big fan of the Calm app. You can download it on the iTunes store and select the meditation you’d like to do. There are different soothing sounds and different voice guided ones to choose from. The different ‘programs’ focus on all sorts topics…anything from confidence boosters to self compassion. The best part is you get to set the amount of time you want to meditate for. Anywhere from 2 minutes to 30! I have to admit, I am only able to get a real meditation in for about 3 minutes at this point. After that my mind starts bouncing around from thought to thought. But I’m getting better and I like that this app allows you room for improvement. You can also set it on a timer if you’d like to use it as a sound machine to fall asleep to. I am partial to the wave and rain sound settings. It’s free too! 🙂
5. Give yourself a butterfly hug
I was first introduced to this technique while I was working on my health. If you’ve never heard of it, the Butterfly Hug is a form of bilateral stimulation that people can use to relax and calm them self when they need to do so. Using this tapping technique you can induce a sense of safety and empower yourself to self-comfort. The more you do the more resilience you build to resist disturbing feelings that may come up on a daily basis. Here’s a guide on how to use this technique.
5. Make yourself a drink
No…not that kind of drink, silly. A drink that is guaranteed to relax you and calm your nerves. I recently was sent some Natural Calm by Natural Vitality to try out. I was skeptical at first…having a renewed sense of calm from a drink? But once I learned the science behind it I was definitely on board. Natural Calm is unique magnesium supplement. Believe it or not, getting your recommended daily amount of magnesium is KEY to having a calm disposition and being able to handle stress. However, most people have trouble getting a sufficient daily intake. Instead, we take in too much calcium (which excites the nervous system) and not enough magnesium (which is necessary for relaxation). Magnesium is essential for proper nerve and muscle function, it keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps your bones strong.
Natural Calm is the solution to this problem. It restores a healthy magnesium level in your body while balancing your calcium intake. The result is natural stress relief in a delicious, absorbable drink form! I was sent the raspberry-lemon flavor as well two sample packs of their other 4 flavors to try.
It comes in a powder form that easily dissolves in hot or warm water. The flavor is light and sweet and I find the effects kick in within 5-10 minutes of drinking it. I really like drinking it at night because I find it gives me a much more restful night of sleep. I have used it in moments of high stress, however, and it’s very effective. I feel a rush of mental and physical calm wash over my body and I’m able to refocus myself on what I’m doing. The mental clarity and general mood improvement it gives me is incomparable. I don’t want to say this is a miracle products…but it really astounds me how well it works! Who knew magnesium had such powerful properties?
Also, magnesium supplements in other forms are very expensive. Natural Calm is affordably priced and much more enjoyable to consume than just swallowing a pill.
As you can tell, I am a huge fan of Natural Calm and will definitely be buying more when I run out. I also got my parents hooked on it and they often drink it at night instead of a glass of wine now! Talk about an upgrade. 🙂
I hope you’ll be able to use some of these tips next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed!
What are your go to stress relieving techniques?
What do you envision when you think of the word ‘calm’?
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