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How to Regain CALM When We Feel Overwhelmed.

How to Regain Calm When We Feel Overwhelmed
9 Steps to Destress

1. Put yourself in TIME OUT:  Go outside, step into the bathroom, sit in your car, even take a ride in the elevatory.  Remove yourself from the situation that's overwhelming or frustrating you.  Think about when your computer is being uncooperative - you shut it down and reset it. We are not much different.  We sometimes have too many windows open, get overheated, have been running too long (ok, I don't know a lot about computers, but you get my point), and need a shut down.  

2. Get more rest than you think you need:  When we're overwhelmed, our minds are taking in and processing more data.  This tires us out more quickly and we need a chance to reboot.  You aren't being a whimp or lazy if you feel like you need a nap, you actually DID do more.  There is a real reason you feel so wiped out.

3. BREATHE:  4 in and 4 out.  5 in and 5 out.  Wherever you feel calm kick in - hang out there and enjoy.

4. Grounding:  This is a practice more easily done in the summer 😉 Take off your shoes and sock and press your feet to the Earth.  This resets and syncs our circadian rhythm.  When stepping outside isn't an option, rub those feet.  A little like grounding, focusing on our feet can bring the buzz and anxious energy swirling around our heads DOWNWARD.

5. Escape into a story:  Turn on a documentary.  Something inspiring!  A story about strong women overcoming obstacles of all kinds.  If they could get through their stuff, we can get through ours.

6. Take a bath:  Submerging ourselves in warm water causes our brains to release serotonin (a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, sleep, and social functioning). Baths are also a great way to indulge in a bit of aromatherapy. Lavender, rose, or chamomile essential oils (or bath bombs) will help to relax you even further.

7. Mind social media and other electronics:  These can be really stimulating, so be mindful of how much time in your day you're on them and consider blue light blocking glasses to help keep hormones stable.

8. Compare and Despair:  Not everyone processes the same, so just because you perceive someone else as handling stress better, that might just be comparing apples to oranges.  It's not fair to yourself.

9. Know your triggers and limits:  Crowded spaces, lack of sleep, dehydration, the mall, whatever it is get to know what makes your feel overwhelmed.  A lot of these things are unavoidable, so just be mindful with how many events in triggering place, with triggering people, etc you schedule back to back.  Give yourself some time to recover.  Make sure to prioritize sleep, hydration and clean eating before going into an overstimulating situation.

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