It’s no secret that life can be stressful. Some stress we may expect, such as taking the kids to school during rush hour, crunching to complete a project deadline at work, or paying bills. Others may come out of nowhere. When everything is being thrown at us in hundreds of directions, it’s important for us to prepare to keep ourselves calm during these everyday hurdles. Today we’ll be sharing some tips with you on how to do just that.
#1- Take a Step Back From the Moment
Imagine being in a maze. From an inside view, it’s impossible to know for sure where you are supposed to go or how to get out. But, if you were able to have a bird’s-eye view, you would be able to see the entire maze.
This tactic can be used when experiencing stress. Sometimes it can be too much to handle in the moment, so we need to take a step back to analyze the situation. Not only will this help give you a break from the stress, but it will also allow you to look at the big picture. Even if you don’t take the time to look at the situation from a different angle and simply remove yourself from it altogether, you will be able to slip into a different, calmer headspace.
#2- Acknowledge Your Feelings
When you’re feeling stressed, one of the worst things you can do is ignore that feeling. Stress is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. By ignoring that, you are choosing to not pay attention to its warnings.
No matter what you are feeling, that feeling is valid. By telling yourself that and recognizing when you’re stressed, you are better equipped to then deal with that stress. By ignoring it, you run the risk of adding more to your already growing pile. By dealing with it, or even just recognizing its presence, you will be better off in the long run, even if acknowledging it can be a challenge. It’s important to remember that admitting stress doesn’t mean you’re weak—it simply means that you have a lot on your plate.
#3- Focus on Something Else
Sometimes the best way to stay calm is to distract yourself from whatever it is that’s causing you stress. This distraction can look like many things. Cleaning the house, writing a poem, taking a walk with a loved one, dancing in your kitchen, or even watching your favorite movie or tv show are all great ways to redirect your attention. Just be sure that those things help you feel positive! A distressing movie or sad poem could end up making things worse. Focus on positivity!
#4- Talk it Out
When we leave a problem or anxiety bouncing around the walls of our mind, it tends to do more damage than if we were to let it out. Talking about whatever it is that’s upsetting you is a great way to stay calm. Oftentimes, you’ll find that it might not be as big of a problem as you thought.
When talking with someone you trust, it’s important to be clear about your intention. If you only feel like venting, make sure to let the other person know. If you are asking for advice, try to keep an open mind. By giving gentle guidance to the person lending you an ear, it makes the conversation more productive for the both of you. And remember, this is a two-way street. If someone is kind enough to let you vent to them, make sure you do the same in return.
#5-Write it Out
Sometimes a problem can feel too big or personal to tell another person. And that’s okay! But, it doesn’t mean you should let it stay trapped in your mind. When this happens, writing is a great way to vent about a problem without feeling too vulnerable.
This can be done on a multitude of mediums. If you’re struggling with a specific person, address an email or letter to them about how you’re feeling. Just be sure not to actually send it. You could also write a letter to your future self, talking about this problem and what you think the outcome will be. It would be a neat time capsule to look back on in the future! Even if you write something and it never gets read again, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is letting your stress out in healthy ways.
#6- Help Others
During tumultuous times in our life, it can be hard to remember that everyone else is dealing with their own problems, too. This doesn’t mean that ours are any less important. But, what it does mean, is that we need to do all we can to help others. This can help us look outside of ourselves, making our problems feel a little bit lighter.
Helping others can look like many things. Cooking dinners, doing errands, or even just writing a nice letter. Now is a great time to get creative. In your time of stress, what would be helpful for you? It’s likely that others feel the same!
Meditating allows you to clear your mind of any thoughts that may be weighing you down. While it’s easier said than done, especially at first, taking the time each day to sit down and let your mind be empty can help you remain calm throughout your day.
If you’ve never meditated before, we have a few tips:
- Meditate in the same space every day. Make sure it’s somewhere quiet where you won’t be bothered.
- Use guided meditations. There are free apps or videos online that will walk you through it.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Meditation can be difficult, but even an attempt can greatly decrease your overall stress.
- Be consistent! It will be more effective if you are.
Exercising pumps your body full of feel-good hormones such as dopamine, adrenaline, and serotonin. By making the effort to get a little in each day (at least thirty minutes), your body will have an easier time releasing the things that help us feel great! It’s also a productive way to get anger and frustration out. Pick whatever activity suits you best. Boxing, running, swimming, or dancing are all fun and simple ways to get moving. Find activities you can do with others. This will help you incorporate some of our other tips into your calm lifestyle.
#9- Don’t Give Up
If you’re having a hard time staying calm, the most important thing to remember is to not give up. Even though your situation feels really hard, it won’t be this way forever. Everything passes, regardless of how long it takes to do so. There are so many good and wonderful things coming. There are also a lot of good things happening right now. It may be hard to see the positives through the stress, but take a moment to look for them. No matter what may be going on, there is always something to be grateful for. Looking for those things can be your greatest source of peace.
#10- Using the Calm CBD Roll-On
If you need a little bit more help in staying calm day-to-day, we recommend using our Calm CBD Roll-On. It contains essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Orange, Frankincense, and Ylang Ylang, as well as our CBD oil. It’s perfect for everyday use, especially before going to bed. Combining this with all of our other tips is a perfect way to create a more calming atmosphere for your life!