5 Ways to Stay Calm and Why it Matters

Proven ways to regain your calm.

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In the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding inner peace and tranquility is essential for your wellbeing. When you stay calm, you are not only benefiting yourself but also impacting those around you positively. A calm mindset can be empowering and help you maintain a positive outlook on life and can help you to  think logically, according to a blog from the University of Liverpool. Here are five ways to help you navigate the challenges and help you find ways to stay calm under any circumstance. 

Acknowledge your feelings
Although feeling overwhelmed and anxious is not fun and you might want to escape it, it might not be the best idea. The truth is that denying those feelings can wind up being detrimental for you. Instead, acknowledge your emotions and give them space. Allowing yourself to feel the feelings can not only improve your emotional health and wellbeing but also be a freeing experience, and often helps decrease the intensity of the emotions and regain your inner calm.

If talking about your emotions feels like too much, you can try writing them. Healthline explains that writing can help you get the negative thoughts out of your head and into the world. It’s like downloading your feelings onto the paper you are writing it on. And it feels great.

According to the health platform, Healthline, breathing is the most effective technique for reducing anxiety and other negative emotions quickly. You may have noticed that when angry you tend to take quick and shallow breaths. This sends a message to the brain about whether you are in fight or flight mode, and can your emotions be controlled by taking long, calming breaths. 

There are lots of breathing techniques out there to help people calm down and regain their emotional equilibrium. You can practice these techniques even when calm so you know how to use them when you really need them.

Relax your body
Have you ever noticed what happens in your body when under stress? When you are feeling anything but calm, your body can have some reactions such as elevated heart rate, sweating and tense muscles. At the same time, according to Web MD,  if you work on relaxing your body, it can help you take control of your nervous system and stay calm. By relaxing your body through exercises, yoga or meditation, you can enjoy lots of other general health benefits such as a better digestion, relaxed muscles, better sleep and lower blood pressure. 

Chew gum
Yes, you read that right. Did you know that chewing gum can help reduce anxiety? Interestingly enough, research from Biomed Research International suggests that chewing gum can even boost your mood and productivity. Regular gum chewers seem to be less stressed than non gum chewers. So the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, don’t forget to pack some gum!

Listen to music
Music can have a calming effect on your mind and body. According to the University of Nevada counseling services, research confirms that music with a slower tempo can help quiet your mind and relax your muscles. It can allow you to feel soothed and help you release some stress by just listening to it and is highly recommended for relaxation and stress management. A great thing about music is how readily available it is, as you can play it on your phone, computer or car. Music is powerful, and so is your power to stay calm.

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