10 ways to calm down

Reposted from my blog written for Times Of India, https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/lifestyles-online/10-ways-to-calm-down/

We all are human, and it’s in our nature to show emotions. Emotions can be of any type, from laughter to anger to crying. When a person is highly emotional, his/her thinking gets affected, which results in poor decision-making. Psychology says one can learn to control their emotions in order to work better. Here are 10 ways to calm down when you are feeling highly emotional.

1.Take a walk

When you are angry or crying, the best possible way to calm yourself down is to take a walk outside, among nature. The calmness and the colours of trees, plants, etc. give a soothing effect, hence, making you calm.

2. Drink some water

We all know drinking water is good for our bodies and has many benefits. One of them is that it makes the body cool down when it’s in a hyperactive state. Just like it’s advised to drink water after running, it’s also recommended to drink water to calm yourself down from emotional turmoil.

3. Talk to someone

Talk to your confidant to let those emotions out. Talking helps when you need to feel better. Shouting will only make you agitated; however, talking can help immensely.

4. Meditate

Few people learn the art of meditation. It’s an extremely lengthy process, and only people with patience can learn it. In the long run, it’s the most beneficial though.

5. Work out

Another better technique to blow off steam is to work out. Be it the gym, yoga, or just running, it will make you calm as exercise releases stress and clears your head.

6. Sit with your pet

Brownie points if you have a pet to curl up with. Pets are a significant form of therapy. They reduce your stress hormones and calm you down. Furry friends are great at promoting happy hormones daily.

7. Listen to music

It might be the last thing that you want to do when you are feeling emotional, but it’s really useful. Music with soothing beats and lyrics will calm you down and make you feel better. Though, it is advisable not to listen to depressing songs when feeling emotional.

8. Distract yourself

Shift your focus to something else, rather than the thing which disturbed you. Start working on your unfinished project, read a book, or cook something. The shift in focus will eventually calm you down.

9. Find a hobby

Everyone must have a hobby. Something that you love to do and can do with no excuse or hesitation. When feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, focusing on your hobby is a great way to change your mood. It can be anything like reading, painting, or even playing games.

10. Breathe

There are many breathing techniques that one can learn in order to calm oneself. It’s one of the easiest and most common exercises. Just inhale the freshness, and exhale the troubles.

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