17 Ways To Keep Calm In A Stressful Situation

17 Ways To Keep Calm In A Stressful Situation

Do you find yourself getting angry at work or at home? Read on for our top ways to keep calm in a stressful situation.

1. Write it down

Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Write down all the things that are making you stressed. Once you've finished - rip up the paper and throw it in the bin.

2. Think positively

If you're suddenly stressed, reach for a positive thought to help refocus you.

3. Hunt for the sun

Bright light can be great for stress relief. Bask in the sun's rays.

4. Zone out

Find your headphones and listen to some music.

5. Give yourself a hand massage

Rub each finger from base to tip. Squeeze the skin between the thumb and index finger to loosen up any tightness.

6. Visualise

Picture yourself in a meadow, at the beach or by the river. Look up at the clouds, associate your worries with them... and then watch them float away.

7. Let some air in 

Open a window and breathe in some fresh air.

8. Count all the way up to your age

Are you 36 years old? Then count to 36.

9. Concentrate on relaxing your shoulders

Roll them back three times, then roll them forward three times. Repeat this and your shoulders will soon loosen up.

10. Take a deep breath

In through the nose and out through the mouth. Slowly.

11. Meditate

Give yourself five minutes of peace and concentrate on your breath only. Relax.

12. Rationalise 

It's easy to believe the problem is bigger than it is. If you're feeling negative towards yourself, take out all of these accusations and see the problem for what it really is.

13. Leave

If you're angry, walk immediately out of the room. You'll be able to stop yourself before you say something you'll regret later.

14. Keep a diary

If you find yourself getting stressed often, it's time to do some research. Grab a notebook and pen to mark down the times where you get stressful. Look out for patterns - it could be certain times of day, low sugar levels or certain people. Try and work out what triggers your stress and you'll be on the way to solving the problem.

15. Walk

Get the blood moving and take yourself out of the situation and out on a walk. Focus on your muscles. If you can, break out into a run.

16. Do some stretches

Relieve your muscles and have a good stretch.

17. Drink a green tea

It contains L-Theanine and will help relieve anger.

How do you keep calm when faced by a stressful situation? Let us know in the comments below.

Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Lanh on December 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Be quite and get away

  2. Author Nat on January 16, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    That's one good article you have shared.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 16, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Nat!


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