9 Ways How To Stay Calm When You're Feeling Stressed
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The holiday season is upon us and it’s no secret that it can be the most stressful time of year. Add in crappy weather and darker days and it’s a perfect combination to lead to grumpiness and stress. Let’s not forget about the shopping, wrapping, decorating, and 1000 Christmas parties that we’re supposed to go to within a 6 week period… all on top of our regular to do lists.
But the good news is, there are things we can do to help make things more manageable. The below are suggestions to incorporate into your day (or night) on days that you’re feeling stressed or even just experiencing a nervous energy from everything on the go.
Crystals: These can be incorporated day or night. I love them because they’re so easy! A few of the best crystals out there for stress and anxiety are: Sodalite, Black Tourmaline, Amethyst & Rose Quartz.
Check out my previous blog post on how to incorporate crystals into your daily life if you’re looking at buying an Amethyst (or whatever) and don’t really know what to do with it.
Essential Oils: EO’s are just as popular now as crystals but they may be a bit harder to access throughout the day depending on your situation (for example: many workplaces have a scent free policy nowadays, so having a diffuser on your desk might not be the best decision).
Personally I think essential oils are a great choice for stress and anxiety, specifically Lavender and any citrus scent, BUT quality is just as important as the scent you choose. There are A LOT of crappy manufacturer’s out there that are getting rich simply because Essential Oil’s are more popular now than ever before and users aren’t taking the time to educate themselves on their products.
If you have access to Essential Oils throughout the day, I would recommend a diffuser. Please keep in mind that you don’t need 20+ drops for it to work. Usually 2-4 drops is more than enough. I like my diffuser because it adds a nice calming glow to the room as well.
If you want to get fancy about it, I’ve seen EO diffusers for your car. Some clip on to the air vent, some go into the… part where the lighter use to be (I have no idea what that’s called! Lol), and some are powered by USB.
And PLEASE keep in mind that if you have pets, some oils are toxic! Check out this article for a listing on which oils to avoid around your fur babies.
You can pull up your Calm Radio or Spotify apps. Or pull up YouTube and find some Instrumental, high Hz music, shamanic drumming, tibetan bowls, or angel bowls videos.
Find one (or many!) that work for you and play them when you start to feel yourself getting stressed or anxious.
As an added bonus, listening to any of the above that I mentioned also works on clearing your chakras too!
In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood.
Count to 10: Yes, this is technically something you do if you’re angry. But if you’re anything like me, when you’re stressed or anxious you’re way more likely to lose your cool. So if that’s the case, remember to count to 10 when you feel like steam is about to start coming out of your ears.
Deep breathing counteracts the fight or flight stress reaction that underlies anger. Deliberately taking a slow, deep breath not only brings a soothing sense of relaxation, but also helps us to focus our attention in the present moment.
Journaling: Journaling helps to relieve stress and anxiety because it helps you to sort through your thoughts and pinpoint what is actually an issue that needs to be addressed vs what is just a small uncontrollable factor that is keeping you up at
night. Issues can be dealt with, focusing on uncontrollable factors are what causes stress and anxiety. If you can’t do anything to change it, don’t waste your energy focusing on it.
This article from Very Well Mind also does a pretty great job of breaking down journaling if it’s something you’re looking at starting.
There’s a few different options here when it comes to journaling. I have a Youtube video if journaling is somethingyou’ve been wanting to get started with but now quite sure how or where to start. I also have a free PDF with Journaling prompts to help eliminate the overwhelm with journaling. You can pick up your copy here.
There’s also a blog post that I wrote a few months back if Journaling (or writing) isn’t really your thing.
Well those are all my suggestions! Is there something that you do to keep yourself calm when you’re feeling stressed and anxious that isn’t on this list? Let me know in the comments!