Staying Calm During Stressful Situations
The past year and a half has stressed everyone throughout the world. No matter how good your coping mechanisms are, there has been an impact on our mental health globally. Experiencing the pandemic has made us: anxious, depressed, and traumatized. Some of us are lonely. The effects of the pandemic are reflective of your personality, lifestyle, and demographics. Disadvantaged groups have been challenged more by the pandemic and our work situation also factors into how stressed we have become.
Staying calm, has become of even greater importance as we gradually work our way out of this pandemic.
“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.” – LL Cool J.
Research has proven that those who can remain calm in challenging situations are much more successful in all that they do. It’s the person who remains calm, who stays in control of any challenging situations that they may encounter. Staying calm when you are not in a challenging situation is important as well, because anxiety is cumulative. So even if you are not in a challenging situation, if you have been in one and not felt in control, then you have already built up stress from the situation and you will carry it with you. That’s why it is so important to find the activities and strategies that work best for you to calm yourself. When you identify that you are feeling stressed, these activities and strategies should be your go-to tool in your toolbox to help you destress and reduce the build of stress in your body.
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar
When you are feeling stressed and anxious; breathe, admit that you are anxious and angry, challenge your thoughts, release the anxiety and anger, visualize yourself calm, think the situation through, change your focus, relax your body. Then choose your customized calming tool that you know works for you.
Annie Lennox offered ideas from her listeners on her August 9th, 2021, Vlog (7) Watch | Facebook. We also asked people on Facebook what they do to stay calm. Here is a list that combines the suggestions from both forums. Please feel free to choose the ones that help you to remain calm or calm down if you are stressed.
Get some fresh air Meditation Go for a walk
Do some deep breathing Read the Psalms in the Bible Journal your feelings
Play the piano, or any other instrument Have a cup of coffee
Watch a nature TV channel Chant Cloud watch
Pray Have a cup of tea Feel gratitude
Create art Eat Nutella Go to the gym
Watch birds Ride horses Garden
Paint Do photography Light candles
Stroke pets Do crossword puzzles Sit under a tree
Hug a tree Go to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Be in nature Cook Swim
Sleep Bake Drink wine
Sing along to the radio Dance Play solitaire
Draw Exercise Do stretches
Be mindful Turn off your cell phone Escape from all electronics
Drink lots of water Read a calming book Visit nature
Colour in your colouring book Do an act of kindness Take a short break
Don’t sweat the small stuff Eat ice-cream Try to understand why you are anxious
Cut out a new quilt
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