8 Welcome Ways to Calm down ...

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With modern life getting so stressful, and many of us suffering a lot of pressures, we could all do with learning some ways to calm down.

Stress can seriously affect our health, so we need to take control and deal with it.

There are a variety of tips to help ourselves cope with stress and anxiety, so here are some useful ways to calm down …2

1. Deep Breathing

Trying some deep breathing really is one of the most effective ways to calm down.

When we are nervous or stressed, our breathing becomes shallower.

So take some deep, slow breaths, and you should find that you start to feel less stressed.

Focus your breathing in your abdomen (most people push their chest out) - the correct way of breathing is to push your stomach out as you breathe in, and in as you breathe out.

2. Meditation

Meditation really does help you calm down.

I was having some problems sleeping recently, and meditation was recommended to me as an effective solution.

It really has helped improve my sleeping patterns.

There are some excellent guided meditations on YouTube if you find it difficult to practise on your own.

3. Quiet Place

Sometimes, just escaping to a quiet place can really help you calm down.

It can be a place in the country away from it all, a city park, or a quiet space in your own home.

Try to have a place, whether indoors or outdoors, that you know you can go to when you need to feel calm.2

4. Relax Your Shoulders

Next time you are feeling tense, look at how your shoulders are feeling.

It is a part of the body where we tend to carry a lot of tension.

So try to relax your shoulders;

don’t hunch them up.

Some simple exercises to stretch the muscles can also be beneficial.

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