How To Calm Yourself Down in Stressful Situations

When faced by a stressful situation what can we do? Ideas below, are practical and can be used in emergencies or when you realize that you have been carrying a low level of stress for awhile. We’ll explore several ways that are easy and practical.

First, what does the body do when it is stressed and how can I identify low-level stress? We need to be aware of how the body responds to stress, because if we can catch it before it ‘takes us over,’ it is much easier to ‘tame.’


When we find ourselves in a stressful situation we often find that we:
1. Begin to breathe more rapidly. Our body is getting the ‘fight and flight’ response ready so that we can run of the fight.

2. Find our heart pumps faster to give us more blood for our fight or flight; we might get heart palpitations, chest pains or begin to feel flushed. Our heart is giving all it has to help us in our flight.

3.Our blood pressure increases to pump more blood into our body so that we can run or fight. We might get a headache or pressure in our head.

4.Feel tight, anxious, nervous and irritable. The hormone Cortisol begins to rush through our body getting us ready for flight or flight. This pushes all of to the organs and cells to ‘get ready.’

So are we going to suffer early aging and illness, which is what long-term stress can do to us? No! We can do something about it. Using tools and techniques, we can turn stress into transformation.
Blow are some ideas to help in ‘transforming stress.’ Use them often, write them on a stickie note and keep them with you until they become a habit. They say it takes 28 days to make a new habit.


1 Take deep three breaths and let them out slowly.

2 Now squeeze your hands and feet and release the squeeze slowly.

3 Put the corners of your lips up and do #1 again.

4 Take a walk or exercise. Nature helps to cut stress as do animals and birds. So go ahead and hug your cat or dog they will love it and it can seriously cut stress.

5 Take an Epsom salt or sea salt bath, put some lavender oil in and relax with deep breathing.

6 Whistles, sing, or listen to your favorite soothing music…music can change your mood almost instantly.

7 Call a friend chat about something fun or meet them for tea.

8 Give thanks for ten things in your life.

9 Question the thoughts that are in your head. Check out Byron Katie are ‘The’ All stress other than immediate physical stress is associated with a thought that something or someone should be different. Ask is this true? And Who would I be without this thought?

10 Carry soothing lavender and dab it on your wrists, it is very soothing.

11 Take a crystal like amethyst or one with gold in it. Become one with it and carry it with you or sit with it for half and hour or so. Crystals can be powerful catalysts in ‘stress reduction’ and ‘stress transformation.’

Stress can make our life feel so difficult, as if its so much of a struggle, but using these tools can make a significant change to your life if your use them regularly and correctly.

How to Manage Stressful Situations

Stress is a common feeling that every human being experiences. As we all know from experience, stress can impact your life negatively and it should, therefore, be dealt with properly. Stress may be unavoidable but how it is handled is our choice. Managing stressful situations is all about taking charge of your thoughts, lifestyle, emotions, and the way you handle problems.

When faced with a stressful situation at work or in your personal life, it is very common to worry, panic and be fearful which can result in poor performance and inaction. To avoid this, here are a few tips that can help you manage stress.

Determine the Sources of Stress in your Life

Identifying the sources of stress should be the first step before you know how you will deal with them. It can be easy to identify the major stressful situations like moving from home, changing jobs, or losing a loved one, but identifying the day to day stress can prove to be hard. In order to recognize your true source of stress you should look into your attitude, habits, and excuses.

Take Care of Yourself

You will be able to handle stress better if you are in good physical and mental shape. Looking after yourself by having fun, building time for relaxation, exercising, eating healthily, and attaining a balance between your personal and work life is important.

Be a Positive Thinker

Positive thinking makes one feel confident and in control. You should envision a positive outcome to a stressful situation and focus on your successes rather than your failures. Focusing on obstacles that you have overcome also helps you feel in control.

Connect with Others

Social engagement is the most efficient and quickest way to reduce stress and to avoid overreacting to both external and internal events that you recognize as threatening. Expressing what you are feeling or going through to a person that you know will understand you can be very helpful. You should, therefore, reach out to friends and family more and connect with them regularly in person.

Accept Things You Cannot Change

Some sources of stress in our lives are unavoidable and can’t be changed. The best way to cope with such stress is to accept things the way they are. Acceptance may prove to be difficult but in the long run, it is a better way than trying to fix a situation that you can’t change.

Practice Forgiveness

Accepting that we all live in an imperfect world where people make mistakes is a good way of perceiving things. Let go of resentments and anger by forgiving and moving on with your life.