Stress has become a normal part of daily life for many people. There are so many things that can stress us out these days. Work, school, relationships, family… there’s a lot going on in life. So how do you keep from blowing up or running away when things get tough?
The thing is that while some level of stress might be good for you (it encourages us to reach our full potential), too much stress can make it difficult to function normally and even lead to more serious health problems. So what’s the solution? We need ways to manage the stress in our lives. And luckily there are dozens of different techniques you can try! Here are 10 tips on how to stay cool under pressure!
Put things into perspective
This is one of the best techniques you can use to stay cool under pressure. You might be feeling overwhelmed because of something that happened, but what seems like a big deal now probably won’t seem so important in a few days or weeks.
Stay hopeful and remind yourself that you’ve gotten through tough situations before! It could help to think about how these issues are impacting other people in your life. Whether it’s your family or co-workers experiencing this problem, thinking about how it affects others could help you see the situation more objectively.
The easiest thing to do when things get tough is to take your stress out on someone else (or punch something like a punching bag). Try not to take it out on other people or other things (like punching bags). Doing this won’t help anything and you could end up hurting someone else.
Breathing exercises are a great way to calm down! Just take about five minutes to do some deep breathing, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and repeat to yourself that everything will be okay. Don’t forget to breathe from your diaphragm.
Adopt an ‘attitude of gratitude’
It’s easy to get caught up in all the things that are wrong with our life, but it’s important to try and think of what you’re grateful for. It can be difficult at first because there usually always seems like there’s something more important than being thankful about.
But remind yourself that this is just your brain playing tricks on you! Think of all the things that you’re grateful for in your life. It will help remind you that even if there is bad stuff going on, there’s still good stuff too!
Talk about it
The best solution, or at least one of them, to figuring out how to stay cool under pressure is talking about it. It’s okay to vent (within reason) and opening up to someone can help you process what’s going on.
If you don’t want to talk to a friend or family member that means that there’s probably someone else you could talk to. It might be a therapist, or maybe someone who works at your school or work. If you don’t want to go out of the way to ask for help, there are also crisis hotlines that can help if you’re really in over your head.
Believe it or not, there are actually some health benefits to exercising! Obviously you should exercise for the sake of your physical health, but it can also help make you feel better emotionally. You don’t have to do anything crazy or go to a gym if that’s not your thing.
Just find something easy and fun to do! It could be as simple as taking a walk around the block every morning before you start your day. Or it could be as simple as dancing along to your favorite song while cleaning your house. Anything that gets the blood pumping and keeps you active can help keep stress levels at bay!
Do yoga/meditation/prayer/take a bath
There are a ton of different ways that you can try to stay cool under pressure! Doing yoga, meditating, or praying can all help bring down your body temperature and relieve some of the stress in your life. Taking a bath is also a great way to unwind after a long day or week.
The most important thing about doing these activities is that you try to do them every day so it becomes a habit. You develop positive habits by doing them regularly, not just once in awhile.
Get enough sleep!
This may seem like common sense, but most people get less than the recommended amount of hours of sleep every night. Schedules are tough and no one ever really has enough time to get everything done. But the most important thing that you can do for your body is to get enough sleep!
Your body needs this time to rest and recover, especially after a long day of school or work (and even more so if you get less than 6 hours of sleep). Going without sleep can make it harder to think, and make you more on edge about everything.
Take a break
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to do everything all the time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try taking a break! It can be tough sometimes when work or school is just busy-buzzing all the time, but it’s necessary if you want to stay cool under pressure. Unplug from your work/school for a day or a weekend, and it will make a world of a difference.
Make sure you relax and put your feet up- do something that’s not school/work related for a little while! If there’s not enough time for a full break, just step away from your work for a few minutes and breathe deeply. Refocus yourself and recharge for the final stretch.
Make a plan
This ties into talking about it. Sometimes just having a little bit of perspective can help calm you down. If you’re feeling totally overwhelmed, make a plan to tackle your work/school obligations one step at a time. Just knowing what to do next can be kind of empowering because eventually things will get done! You might have to spend a little bit of time planning it out, but making a schedule can help you get through your work/school day without feeling too overwhelmed. Plus, writing things down makes them more real and makes it way harder to forget about something or lose track of what needs to be done next.
Give yourself credit!
No matter what you do, remember that you’re awesome and doing your best! Stressing out doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not doing well enough. Sometimes things just get tough and it’s hard to stay on the ball. It’s okay to take a break or ask for help if you need it. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes! The key is to learn from them and try to do better next time. You can’t be perfect all the time, but you’re doing pretty darn good if you ask me!
So there you have it the10 ways for staying cool under pressure. These tips should help you in any situation, whether you’re at work or school. People make mistakes sometimes and it’s okay to slip up. Just try to do the best you can and always know that you’re doing your best! Remember: keep calm and stay cool!