Whether at home or on the job, people can come up against situations that cause them to experience anxiety, stress and even fear. Here are three tricks people can embrace to remain calm under stressful circumstances....
Three tricks to remaining calm under stress
Whether at home or on the job, people can come up against situations that cause them to experience anxiety, stress and even fear. Managing these feelings is important for overall wellness, as people can end up developing cardiovascular health issues and mental illnesses, such as depression, if they experience stress for a long period of time, according to the American Psychological Association. To prevent developing these health issues, people need to be able to manage their stress levels more effectively and to adopt calming practices.
Here are three tricks people can embrace to remain calm under stressful circumstances:
1. Clean and organize
Clearing workspaces or cluttered environments can help people feel more in control of the stressful situations they are in, and messy spaces can cause people to enter into negative or chaotic headspaces that make it difficult for them to handle their strain and the issue at hand. According to an article in Entrepreneur magazine, desks in particular are linked to people's mindsets. If desks are disorganized or in a disarray, it can cause people to feel cluttered as well. Entrepreneur noted organizing papers, cleaning spaces and otherwise taking control of disorganized or cluttered chaos can prevent anxiety from increasing.
2. Recognize what your 'buttons' are
Sometimes, certain situations or the actions of others can cause someone to react negatively or become frustrated. A piece in online resource Practice Business suggested people examine internally why they may be acting the way they are - in other words, to see whether their "buttons" are being pushed. Determining what is causing extreme reactions or stress can help people to take control of their responses and overall stress levels. This can have a calming effect, as having insight into the self can help a person be more aware of what he or she needs to look out for in the future.
3. Walk away from the situation and breathe
There are times when simply walking away or taking a step back from the issue or the person causing the reaction can help people calm down and reorganize their thoughts. According to the APA, taking a few minutes and a deep breath can help people gain a different perspective of the situation, and instead of reacting negatively, approach the problem or person calm and focused.