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10 Instant ways to Calm Down

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 11:33:41 AM by healtheo360

Do you need some quick and effective ways to calm down? Do you sometimes feel that you add items to your to-do list faster than you tick them off? Do you spend most of your day worrying about your lack of time?


Here are ten instant ways to calm yourself down when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.


1. Hand Massage

What’s great about this is that you can do it while attending a lecture, listening to your kids fight, or sitting at your desk working. No one will notice. Simply use the thumb of one hand and press around the palm of the other hand. It’s very soothing.

2. Palm Push

By pushing your palms together and holding for five to ten seconds, this relaxing position is similar to tree pose in yoga. The palm push is simple enough to do at your desk or while your sitting in traffic.

3. Closing Your Eyes

80 percent of sensory stimulation comes in through the eyes, so shutting them every now and then gives your brain a much-needed break.

4. Breathe

Breathe in to a count of five through your mouth, and then you let out a very loud sigh. You will be amazed at how powerful those small sighs are in adjusting your energy level and focus.

5. Change your Surroundings

Since spending two weeks relaxing on a beach is not always an option it doesn’t mean that we can’t take short ‘vacations’ from work stress and the technology buzz. Go outside for a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine or stop at a park instead of driving straight home from work.

6. Music Break

A convenient stress reliever that has also shown many cognitive benefits, music can help you to relieve stress and can either help calm you down or stimulate your mind as your situation warrants. Plug in and play a favorite song, this will put you in a great mood and help you keep moving throughout the day.

7. Write it Out

Due to its meditative and reflective effects, keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress. A gratitude journal can really help us put things in perspective, so pick a time every day to write down a few things that make you happy.


8. Wall Push

Another great exercise to calm you is the wall push, where you simply push against the wall with flat palms and feet planted on the floor for five to ten seconds. Placing the weight of our body against a solid, immobile surface and feeling the pull of gravity is stabilizing, even on a subconscious level.

9. Take a Shower

Taking a nice long and hot shower will loosen up your tense muscles as well as let you have some much needed alone time. The hot water, the repetitiveness of the water drops and the steam are all really good ways to slow down.

10. Eat Right

You may not realize it, but your diet can either boost your brain power or sap you of mental energy! While a healthy diet isn’t generally thought of as a stress management technique or a study aid, it can actually function as both!



Everyday Health, Mayo Clinic


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