Although breathing is an unconscious activity but paying attention to it when under stress can help you to relax. The next time when a stressful situation overpowers your actions, stop anything that you’re doing for three minutes and do the following three steps:
- Close your eyes removing all signs of stress from your facial muscles.
- Take few deep breaths in and out with your belly, meaning your belly should come forward with each inhale and go back in while exhaling.
- Try to leave out every single thought in this process, just focus on the breathing.
At times it becomes hard to concentrate on work because of some other ongoing agenda in mind. Under such situation, try stepping away from what you are doing to re-center your thoughts.
Just get up and go for a walk
Watch outside the window.
Talk to colleague.
Play some game for a while.
Within few minutes your thoughts will be re-aligned to your job at hand.
Giving yourself a dose of laughter can prove to be a fantastic way to kill the stress.
You can read some memes online, watch some funny videos on youtube (cat, dog, baby or whatever is your preference), read few of the thousands of jokes forwarded on whatsapp, or share some laugh with colleagues.
The power of music is phenomenal. Just put on your headphones, start your current favourite track and let it take control of your thoughts. If your aura permits you can even dance.
Stop for a moment and ask yourself this 2 questions –
a. The stress under which I am at the moment, 10 years down the lane will this matter to me?
b. 10 years down the lane will I remember being in this situation? If no, then why care now. If yes, then will I be laughing at it or be weeping?
95% of times you won’t remember being in whatever you are at the moment.
These at the most proven ways to stay calm under stress. So the next time you feel anxious, try and pick anyone of these and see yourself relax in seconds.
Have a happy life!