We all encounter stressful situations every day. Sometimes these are minor annoyances that we can easily shake off, but often we get caught up, wound up, and flip out. No bueno!
It's natural to feel a wave of challenging emotions when stressed out or triggered. FEEL your feelings! How you react based on those feelings can really affect your mood, your day, and potentially those around you.
I'm stoked to share three of my favorite quick tips for calming down, chilling out, and feeling centered.
If you find yourself in a stressful situation in a confined environment, taking some slow deep breaths is the way to go. This is especially helpful on the subway, in the office or studio, in your car, in line at the DMV, or anyplace where you may not have a ton of room to spread out.
Depending on your surroundings, it can be helpful to sit and have your feet firmly planted on the floor. Obviously if you are in line at the store, standing is fine!
Close your eyes if possible. Take a deep breath in and then a huge exhale out. Next count to yourself as you inhale (1, 2, 3, etc), hold for a second, then start counting from the beginning as you exhale (1, 2, 3, etc). Repeat breathing in and out while counting for as long as it takes to feel chilled out. A couple minutes usually does the trick.
Rose water has been used for centuries as a tool to calm the nerves. By spraying it in the air or even on your face, it wakes up the senses and soothes the system. Also, it smells AMAZING.
This one isn't just for the ladies. Guys, this is a great spray to have at the office and can double as a refreshing facial toner. I always keep a bottle on my desk for a quick sprtiz when I feel riled up.
My favorite brand is Alteya Organics. They use quality ingredients, it's totally affordable, and a little spray goes a long way.
Moving your body is one of the absolute best solutions for a stressed nervous system. If you feel a freak-out coming on, step away and try one of the following: walk around the block, do laps in the office, try some jumping jacks, or rock a 5 min dance party (pictured above!)
Movement frees up any tight energy and allows you to separate yourself from the craziness. Again, it's important to acknowledge your feelings. If you're furious/devastated/irritated/fill-in-the-blank, it's OK. Feel it, then decide to work with it rather than letting it totally take over.
I hope you dug this and that it helps you in the future. Please share with a friend and pass on the good vibes!
As always, holler at me in the comments and feel free to email with any questions. I love hearing from you!
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