10 great ways to calm down
- Put some ear buds in and listen to your favorite playlist
“Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.” Taken from http://psychcentral.com/
- Go outside and breathe
Spend at least ten minutes a day outside regardless of the weather. Lay out side on the grass, park far away from the entrance of a store. As little as ten minutes spent outdoors, daily, can be a quick mood booster. Pay closer attention to all the little details.
- Go for jog around the block
A recent study appears to confirm that exercise can reduce anger. According to Nathaniel Thom, astress physiologist, “exercise, even a single bout of it, can have a robust prophylactic effect” against the buildup of anger. If you are not into exercising, just try walking and taking in the nature around you.
- Spend time with your animals
People and animals have shared a strong bond. This bond has been a source of relief for those who suffer physical or emotion pain. My dog Jack has been a great relief for me when I am upset. Our family goes through a lot of different emotions because our specials needs son. Having Jack has helped make a huge difference.
5. Take a bubble bath
The warm water can help relax your muscles since I am sure you have realized your muscles instantly tighten when upset. I know mine do! I love to go into my bathroom, light a couple of candles (I prefer Lavender) and let the warm water overtake my muscles. Don’t forget to lock the door! Not the best time for your kids to barge in bugging you about not finding their box of crayons!!
- Take a drive to your favorite store (even just to window shop)
This may not be for everyone, but I find that taking a trip to world market and looking around at all of the neat things they have, and the smell of the store just seems to do the trick every time!
Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. Try smelling Lavender, Lemon, Jasmine, and Rosemary.
- Watch a feel good movie
Watching something that makes you feel good is great way to escape reality for a little while. I tend to watch my favorite romantic comedy’s when I am upset and I always find that it helps.
- Write it out
Taking all of your anger, or stress out on paper is a good way to let it all out! I know I have used this exercise and its helps me a lot. Don’t stare at your paper scared you will hurt its feelings, let it out already!
- Immerse yourself in what you love to do
Distraction is a wonderful way to get away from that angry monster behind you, especially if it’s something you love because then your whole mind is focused on doing the activity and NOT what made you upset.
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