30 Ways To Calm Down Your Mind
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Hey pretty! I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress lately . And through the years, I went through many different ups and downs.
Fortunately, even though it was hard, it made me so much stronger and I learned something new every time the storm has passed.
Being an anxious person and dealing with stress is like living in a “hard mode”.
“It could be so much easier if I could just relax” – I’m sure many of us had a thought like this at least once in our life.
But for an anxious person, it could be an everyday thing.
The good news is that no matter how hard it gets, you can help yourself.
While you can’t expect to live in a perfect, just or worry-free world, you can learn to accept what’s happening and most importantly – be ok with it.
You can adapt and stay strong through whatever life throws at you.
Yes, you really can, even if you don’t believe it yet!
You can be in a distress and still be happy.
Here are my tried and true ways to calm down.
Let me know if you try any of them in a comment section at the bottom.
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When you’re stressed, you tend to breathe in short, shallow breaths and it creates even more anxiety.
To counter that, try to breathe deeply and slowly for a few minutes.
Use your belly to breathe – it relaxes the body even more thanks to the relaxed nerves in the diaphragm area.
Breathe slowly whenever you want to calm down, as often as you wish – it is one of the easiest ways to relax at least a little.
2. Try a guided meditation or visualization.
I swear, meditation changed my life.
Guided meditations are very easy to follow even if you’re a beginner. They’re also one of the most effective ways to calm down!
By listening to calming music or voice, you’re being told how to relax every part of your body, how to breathe, what to imagine and how to let go of what’s bothering you.
If you want to try it right now, check out my favorite meditation guru – his voice and narratives are simply amazing!
Mindfulness is a scientifically proven way to calm your mind down and become more resilient day by day.
The main idea of mindfulness is to accept your feelings and emotions just the way they are.
Let them be around, observe them without judgment and most importantly – bring yourself back to the present moment.
Instead of living in your imaginary world, be here.
You can do that by tuning into your senses – touching and smelling different things around you, paying attention to your breath, noticing smells, sounds, and colors.
If you’re restless because something is bothering you, you’re probably thinking about it in a very negative way.
A more therapeutic way to calm down is by trying to reframe your negative thoughts into something more positive.
Here are a few tools that can help you to do just that:
If you’re sad, stressed or anxious, change your surroundings ASAP!
Being in the same place means staying in the same mood.
Go out, breathe in some fresh air, take a short walk to clear up your mind.
When you’re back, do something calming again.
Sometimes we need several rounds of calming activities because it takes some time for the stress response in our body to subside.
Warm water is like a therapy at your home so indulge in it for a quick calming session.
You can also do some slow breathing or imagine how you’re letting everything go while you’re in your bath.
The more you fight those unpleasant feelings, the more they will stick around.
Wonder if it’s true? Try not to think about a pink elephant for the next 60 seconds.
You will notice that it’s pretty hard!
The same thing happens with the thoughts you try to push away – they become intrusive.
Instead of fighting, allow those thoughts, feelings, and emotions be there with you.
Imagine them coming into your room, staying there for a while… do not pay them more attention – just let them be there.
They will leave, sooner or later.
Another great way to calm down is to simply spill it all out on the paper.
Write everything – how you feel, what is bothering you, what you’re thinking…
This is called journaling and I do it every day!
It doesn’t solve your problems but it helps you to take off those racing thoughts out of your head and that’s something.
Here are a few journals that you can download, print and start journaling right away:
9. Set up your worry/anger/anxiety time.
Instead of being restless all the time, decide on a small time frame to do that .
Whenever you find yourself worrying about something, write it down and put it away.
Only take out those worries at the designated time – then you can worry as much as you like, but other times just put those worries away again.
This method showed me that sometimes we worry about things that look completely ridiculous the next day.
You may not feel like it right now, but talking is one of the best ways to calm down, used by actual therapists every day, all over the world.
If you have a supporting person who can listen to you, talking can help you to look at things from another perspective and become calmer.
If you don’t have anyone to talk to, it’s ok!
You can always try online therapy services like Talkspace.
I did that several times, it certainly helped and I am not ashamed at all!
11. Remind yourself that distress is temporary.
Every storm passes… Bad feelings or situations – they also pass.
Some may take a little longer, but eventually, all things will get better.
Don’t let your mind go wild – give it something to do.