Tips for Calming Your Nerves
Being human, you no doubt have encountered some sort of stress in your life. It’s simply unavoidable, it’s something that’s actually built into our bodies in order to protect us from harm. But, as we’ve evolved over the centuries, we rearely face the kinds of dangers that our ancestors did, at least not the type of danger that would justify the responses we have to stress. Here are some sure fire ways to help you de-stress yourslef and to help calm down your nerves.
Breathing is actually one of the fastest ways to help regulate our stress levels. One type of breathing is called “box breathing” and it is a technique where you breath in for a total of five seconds and then hold your breath for another five seconds. Then you exhale for five seconds and hold your breath for yet another five seconds. You can do this over and over again until you begin to feel calmer.
Talk to Yourself Positively
Stress always starts in your mind. The first thing you need to do is to try and find out why you have an un-easy feeling. Find out if it’s stemming from a belief that you may have bit off more than you can chew. If, that’s the case, then search your memory banks for a time you may have been successful in a situation similar to the one you are experiencing in the present. Try to remember how it felt when you were successful and tell yourself that you can do it this time too and use your past successful experience as evidence for convincing yourself you can succeed this time as well.
Exercise on a Regular Basis
Exercise is a great way to release those feel good hormones in your brain. These hormones alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress. Even though exercise itself is putting stress on your body, if you overcome that kind of stress you’ll be able to overcome internal stress. Exercise is a wonderful way to practice your grit and your indurance under uncomfortable situations as well.
Research has shown that by being just half a liter dehyrated can increase your stress hormone levels. By styaing hydrated you can keep your stress levels way down. It’s when you don’t give your body the fluids that it required, is when you are increasing the stress internally and your mind and body is going to react to this as a danger to itself.
Practice Being Objective
Avoid being subjective and focusing on how bad a situation is, it’s more important to try and see the situation for what it really is. You should focus on what you can actually control and what it out of your control. Always make sure to keep your thinking factual and don’t indulge in your emotions.
Get Good Sleep
It’s not enough to get enough sleep but you need to also make sure that you get good quality sleep as well. If you start off your day feeling tired it’s going to be a lot easier for you to become frustrated and stressed out. When you feel rested, your stress tolerance will become much higher. This means you should try to consistently get 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night. To obtain quality sleep it’s important that you don’t drink caffeine or alcohol too close to bedtime. You also shouldn’t expose your mind to electronic devices like your computer, tablet or cell phone just before going to bed. It’s better to just read a book or listen to some soothing music. Another good thing you can do just prior to turning in for the night is to take a nice relaxing warm bath.
Maintain a Nutritious Diet
Just as sleep is important a good nutritious diet is equally as important. To increase your stress tolerance it’s important that you eat a diet that is nutrient dense. Make sure to avoid excess sugar and try to eat smaller meals all during the day in order to keep your blood sugar levels on an even keel.
Use Supplements on Occasion
Including supplements in your diet can be a great addition in combating your stress levels, but you don’t want to rely on them all the time. Some of the best that you can add to your diet on occasion are I-theanine, magnesium, B-vitamins, and GABA.
Be More Social
We’re not talking about social media here. Being more social means to get out and hang out with family and friends in person. It’s important to be with others to share a few good laughs together in order to help relieve any tension that might be building up. Get out and do something fun with others instead of sitting at home a lone and stressing out.
Keep a Journal of Your Thoughts
Take out a pen and paper and take about five or ten minutes of your time to write down whatever comes to mind. There is something very therapeutic about actually physically writing down things that are on your mind that seem to diminish your stress levels. If you’ve never done it before, give it a try, you’ll be amazed at just how much of a stress relief it really is to write down both your negative and positive thoughts.
Check out this video for more tips on lowering your stress levels. https://youtu.be/hdo1F-BiQzk