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Little ways to Help Stay Calm

There are so many things in our day-to-day lives that can cause us moments of panic – uni, work, family relationships, the future, political safety and love lives, to name a few. Everyone has those days when everything seems to be going wrong and falling on your shoulders, leaving you with anxious thoughts and sleepless nights.

Here are some tips to help you regain composure and find your calm again. They may seem easier said than done, but even just bearing them in mind can lead to rationalising your stresses and anxieties, making a difference bit by bit. These are not intended to act as a solution to mental health issues, just little tips to aid in reining in your focus and eliminating bad vibes.

By  Rahel Girma

Select Your Company Well

Where you can, try and hang out with people that make you feel good about yourself. If you find yourself feeling unsupported by your friends or colleagues this can become very toxic and induce stress and anxiety. People who have a lot of negative energy will slowly wear you down and can leave you feeling depleted and unmotivated. Find like-minded people that support, encourage and lift you. Don’t waste your time and energy on people that make you doubt yourself and don’t realise your true value.

Disregard Small Issues

It may be easier said than done, but losing sleep over small issues will slowly get the better of you. Little things that run around your mind over and over again end up feeling much bigger than they actually are, because all the overthinking has inflated them. Try and rationalise your thoughts – if there is nothing that you can do right now that will change the outcome, do your best to avert your mind to a more productive or calming area of thought.

Worry When The Time Comes

Often our stresses are about things that haven’t happened yet. Although sometimes some foresight and planning is necessary, purely worrying about things before they happen will never help or better the situation in any way. It just means you emotionally experience the situation several times, instead of once, putting yourself through a lot more hardship than necessary. Try and distract yourself in the run up to a big worrying time and, if there is nothing else you can do, simply hope for the best.

Switch Your Drinks

Caffeine has been reported to increase stress and anxiety levels in many people, and a long night of drinking can also have the same effect the next day. Although it can often feel like the solution rather than the problem, the long term impacts of reducing caffeine and alcohol will leave you feeling calmer, less agitated and more relaxed. Perhaps substitute (one of) your daily coffees for something a bit more relaxing, such as peppermint or chamomile, to enhance your ability to be calm, and also contribute to your long-term health.

Notice The Silver Linings

 When you are having one of those days where nothing is moving in your favour and everything feels like a struggle, try and take a step back and notice the good. This can help bring you back to a calmer place, as it restores perspective and reminds you that not everything is as much of a mess as it may seem. Try and make a habit of viewing things with an optimistic eye, focussing on the positives rather than the negatives of people and situations. Focussing on optimism and positivity will lead to a greater sense of calmness.

Don’t Fixate On The Past

Getting fixated on little things from the past can really bring you down. Not only is it unproductive and detrimental, but also extremely pointless as there is nothing you can do about what has already happened. No matter how much you’re cringing over something you did last night, a bad presentation or a painful experience, the past does not exist anywhere except your memory, and I guarantee that no one is thinking about it in the way you are. Regrets are redundant and shackling that weight on yourself can be a massive source of stress. Give yourself a break and focus on the present.

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