Sometimes we don't realize how much stress is building up until we suddenly feel overwhelmed.
Other times, several stressful or attention-demanding events will happen at once, and we suddenly go from calm to completely overwhelmed really quickly.
However it happens, there are many ways to calm down quickly when we suddenly get ‘attacked’ by stress and feel overwhelmed.
Try these quick and easy ways to regain your quiet so you can deal with whatever situations are at hand:
Take a Walk
Exercises are a great stress reliever in itself, as it helps you lower stress hormone levels and releases endorphins. Taking a walk when stressed provides the bonus of getting you out of the stressful situation and providing some perspective so you can return in a new frame of mind. (Learn more about the benefits of exercise and walking meditation )
Take a Breath
Many times when you suddenly feel overwhelmed and stressed you are not able to leave your office. You can feel better right away by practicing breathing exercises. Getting more oxygen into your body and releasing physical tension are two ways that breathing exercises can benefit you, and you can do them anytime or anywhere, even if your demanding situation isn't letting up.
Take a Mental Mini Vacation
Visualizations is a wonderful way to restore peace of mind: all it takes is a few minutes. They're easy to do, and can relax you physically as well as mentally.
Reframe Your Situation
The way we look at stressful situations can intensify our experience. Here the reframing comes in – all you need do is to put the situation into different “frame”. This allows you to look at your situation differently; you may be able to put it into a diverse perspective--one that causes you less stress or even no stress at all!
Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a technique where you tense and release all of your muscle groups, leaving your body feel more relaxed afterward. PMR can be done by just about anyone, and with practice you can fully release virtually all the tension you're feeling in your body in a matter of seconds! This can help you feel more calm and better able to handle the situations at hand.
Once you've been able to calm down, you should be in a better position to address whatever stressful situations you're experiencing.
It's also a good idea to consider making permanent changes in a way you manage stress so that you can reduce your overall stress level and stop stress eating for good!