Quick tips to calm from The Stress Management Society (www.stress.org.uk)
1. Don’t reach for tea or a cigarette
Nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar products are all stimulants, so therefore they cannot calm you down. If you’re stressed, steer clear of them and keep yourself well-hydrated by drinking water instead or chamomile tea
2. ‘I can definitely deal with this’
Think up a self-affirming mantra to repeat to yourself (eg “I deserve calm in my life‟, or “I have a choice in every situation‟). Repeat it to yourself whenever you feel tense.
3. Agree with somebody; once in a while!
Life shouldn’t be a constant battleground. So even if you disagree with someone, avoid conflict by just agreeing or keeping quiet. After all, they have a right to their opinion, just as you do.
4. Listen to your body
When you are tired, hungry or thirsty, do something about it
5. Learn how to say ‘no’
Simple, but effective. Where a ‘no’ is the appropriate response, say it without guilt.
6. Organisational tips
Make a list of all the things that you need to do;
list them in order of genuine importance;
noting what you need to do personally and what can be delegated to others;
noting what needs to be done immediately, in the next week or next month or not at all!
Create time buffers to deal with unexpected emergencies
7. Are you allowed on the internet?
Take 5 and calm down with your favourite social networking site, gossip forum or shopping portal. Don’t continue with something if it’s driving you crazy, leave it half hour and come back to it later with a fresh head
8. Breathing exercise
Sit or stand in a relaxed position.
Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to five in your head.
Let the air out from your mouth, counting to eight in your head as it leaves your lungs. Repeat several times. That’s it!
As you breathe, let your abdomen expand outward, rather than raising your shoulders. This is a more relaxed and natural way to breathe, and helps your lungs fill themselves more fully with fresh air, releasing more “old” air
You can do this just a few times to release tension, or for several minutes as a form of meditation.
If you like, you can make your throat a little tighter as you exhale so the air comes out like a whisper. This type of breathing is used in some forms of yoga and can add additional tension relief.
9. Acupressure points – either side of the bridges of your nose. Rub there gently, and around your eyes. Relaxing points on sole of feet – press your fist.
10. Face exercises - Relieve tension in the face by lifting the eyebrows. Then drag your fingertips – pressing firmly – from your forehead to the back of your head.
ABOUT THE STRESS MANAGEMENT SOCIETY
The Stress Management Society is an organisation dedicated to helping people tackle stress at work and at home.
Our team of health and professional consultants offers the highest quality consultancy, staff training, event organisation and stress management products. All our services are delivered in line with the Health and Safety Executives Stress Management Standards.
We work with individuals and companies ranging from sole traders to those listed on the FTSE 100. We work both in the public and private sector. We offer everything from simple advice to company-wide stress audits.
For more info or to book a workshop or a coaching session see http://stress.org.uk, call 0844 357 8629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. With general enquiries, call 0800 327 7697
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