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- Feb 09 2017
Top 5 Secrets of keeping calm revealed
The great Thomas Jefferson once remarked, “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” However, the increasingly busy pace of our lives has made it difficult to stay calm for extended lengths of time. Here are ten tips to help you remain calm and composed in the most stressful of situations.
Focus on your breath
Whenever confronted with a stressful situation, try to breathe as deeply as possible. Whenever we take a deep breath, greater quantity of oxygen enters our brain. This fresh supply of oxygen clears the mind making it possible to see things in the right perspective.
Look for the signs
My mom often advises me to stop stress from building in the first place. Easier said than done, I think. However, recently I realized she is right. These days, I take a few minutes each day to think over any unusual changes in my habits or physical health that could be triggered by anxiety. This daily self-examination has reduced my stress levels to a great extent.
For quite a few among us, music is an important part of our daily lives. The kind of music we prefer listening to at a particular moment is most often linked to our mood. A certain song can make us feel happy, sad, energetic, or relaxed. There is increasing scientific evidence supporting the use of music therapy for mood enhancement and anxiety/stress relief.
Call up a loved one
In stressful situations, the company of loved ones help our bodies pump out the feel-good hormone oxytocin. So meet up with a friend at the end of a crazy-busy day, or call during your lunch break.
Even better: Make time to hang out regularly—you’ll get a continuous boost to your well-being. Just don’t turn your talks into bitchfests; ranting will get you worked up again.
Most often we use stressful situations as an excuse to skip exercise. However, it is important to remember that exercise triggers a flush of happy hormones in our body. As I write this, the words of Rudyard Kipling ring in my ears: If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And-which is more-you”ll be a Man, my son.
If the above practices do not yield the desired result, you may get in touch with PORTEA’s counselling services and get back to life without further delay.
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