Quick ways to Chill Out when life gets hectic is what I’ll be sharing in this week’s post.
When we’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, it’s essential to find ways to calm down. This blog post will discuss some quick ways to chill out and manage your emotions!
We’re all short on times these days. But, if you’re anything like me, your to-do list is a mile long and never seems to get any smaller. So, quick and easy is the way to go when finding ways to relax and de-stress. So, here are some of my favourite and super quick ways to chill out. Whether you only have a minute or two, these tips will help you relax and find your footing.
Quick ways to Chill Out
Balance Out Your Breath
When we’re stressed out, our breathing becomes shallow and rapid. This type of breathing can make us feel more anxious and stressed. To balance your breath, try out some boxed breathing. In a nutshell, you inhale for a count of four and exhale for a count of four. Repeat this until you feel your breathing begin to slow and deepen.
Breathing is one of the best ways to quickly calm down and focus your mind. Plus, focused breathing can be done anywhere at any time.
Put Pressure on a Point
There are specific pressure points on your body that can help to relieve stress and tension. For example, one of the tremendous pressure points for relieving stress and tension headaches is the webbing between your thumb and first finger.
Gently apply pressure to the web of skin between your thumb and index finger. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat as needed!
Another pressure point is located on the inside of your wrist, about 3 centimetres below your hand. To find it, place your thumb on the inside of your wrist and feel for a tender spot. Apply gentle pressure to this spot and hold for a few seconds before releasing.
These pressure points are easy to find and easy to do anywhere, making them perfect for when you’re feeling stressed out and need a quick fix.
Life is chaotic. We all know that.
Use your senses
When we’re feeling stressed out, our brain goes into fight-or-flight mode, which means that we can overly focus on the negative and that things could go wrong. To shift your focus and calm your mind, try using your senses. Side note: This is one of my favourite quick ways to chill out tips.
Start by focusing on what you see around you. Notice the colours, shapes, and patterns. Then, focus on what you hear. Try to identify the sounds you hear around you. Next, focus on what you can smell. Take a deep breath in and identify the different smells around you. Finally, focus on what you can feel. Notice the sensations of your skin, the temperature of the room, and anything else you can feel.
This exercise grounds you in the present moment and calms your mind by shifting your focus away from the negative.
Give yourself a butterfly hug.
This one might sound a little strange, but bear with me! The butterfly hug is a great way to calm down quickly. To do it, simply wrap your arms around yourself and cup your hands over the opposite. Alternatively, you can cross your arms in front of your chest and hold on to your upper arms. Begin by tapping one shoulder then the other. Experts believe that bilateral stimulation helps to calm the nervous system. It’s kind of like when someone rubs your back to help calm you down. Of course, don’t forget to take deep breaths too.
This exercise is excellent for quickly calming down because it combines deep breathing with bilateral stimulation, effectively reducing stress and anxiety.
It’s all about finding the tools that work for you.
Get Outside and Connect with Nature
There is something special about being in nature. Maybe it’s the fresh air or the beauty of the surroundings, but whatever it is, spending time outside can help to reduce stress and improve our mood. Experts believe that when you’re outside, the brain can relax as it begins to focus on the present moment, pulling blood flow and electrical activity away from the parts of the brain responsible for stress and anxiety.
So, next time you’re feeling stressed out, take a break and step outside. Go for a walk in the park or simply sit in your backyard. Spend some time surrounded by nature and see how you feel.
Write Out Your Thoughts
If you’re someone who tends to bottle up your emotions, then this one is for you. Sometimes, the best way to deal with stress is simply to let it all out. Name ’em to take ’em is what I like to say. Putting pen to paper and writing out your thoughts can help to relieve some of the pressure and allow you to process what’s going on in your mind. It can be a great way to get all your thoughts out of your head and onto paper (or screen). Alternatively, you can try talking to someone about what’s going on. But, again, just getting it all out can be a huge relief and help you feel calmer.
Use your Body
Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress too. It can help to improve our mood, increase endorphins (the feel-good hormone), and relieve tension. Even just a few minutes of physical activity can make a difference and get the blood pumping in a new direction (metaphorically speaking).
It doesn’t need to be crazy physical either. It could simply be doing a few light stretches or jumping jacks. High knees, perhaps?
One of my personal favourites is to roll a ball under my feet. This ball specifically. It feels amazing, and the small spikes apply small bits of pressure to help massage the muscles in your feet.
I hope this list of quick ways to chill out can help you find a little calm amid all the chaos. Do you have any favourite ways to relax and de-stress? Please share them with us in the comments below!