'Deep breath, cup of tea, long walk': nine ways to stay calm in a crisis
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According to research, when we connect with friends, we can handle stress better.
According to a study, spending time in nature, or even just looking at scenes of nature, may help you recover faster from subsequent stressful experiences.
Slow, deep breathing is calming. Researchers noticed that 15 min of deep breathing reduces the reactivity of the nerve network that is active during the stress response.
During a stressful situation, remind yourself what you can control in your immediate environment.
Researchers discovered that tea drinkers recover faster after stress.
When you leave an emotionally stressful scene, your mind might still replay the scene repeatedly.
Do an activity that requires your full attention. It will help you to relax faster.
After a particularly stressful experience, go for a gentle walk. Keep yourself moving at every opportunity to calm you down.
When you are calm, write down the event from a third person's perspective. Omit your emotions and sensations. This will help you to revisit the scene in a better light.
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With stress, the mind and the body are intrinsically linked. You can view stress as something that is wreaking havoc on your body (and it can) or as something that is giving you the strength and energy to overcome adversity.
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Try not to react immediately, but be patient and gather as much information as possible.
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When you are in a stressful situation, do not allow your mind to imagine the worst-case scenario.
Focus your mind on something positive.
The "what if" line of questioning induces panic and lets you focus on imagined situations that escalate the problem.
Focus on the facts and work on a solution.
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