I’ve been in many stressful situations where an issue just seems too big to handle. Depending on my mood, I’ll feel as though a task will never get done or a problem will never get solved.
It could be as simple as cleaning up a huge mess in the kitchen. Or it could be as complicated as missing a flight to a business meeting.
Whatever the situation, big or small, how we perceive it and mentally handle it is important. It’s especially important to calm your mind in stressful situations that you don’t have control over. Why? Because you can’t control it!
So, whether or not you have control over a situation, try taking these steps to ease your mind when you’re feeling as though you’re under too much pressure and can’t figure out what to do.
Take a break for a moment or two. Walk away if you can. Chances are that you have more time to deal with the issue than you think. Nothing needs to be figured out that second. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, allow yourself to stop worrying for just a minute to collect yourself.
Consciously decide to relax your mind. Once you have stopped yourself in your tracks, take a few deep breaths. Go to your happy place. This allows you to actually take the time to focus on calming down a bit.
3. Organize your thoughts.
Once your mind is more at ease, you can put the situation into perspective. You can think more clearly and start feeling in control again. You may not be able to control how a situation will turn out, but you can always control how you react to it and what you do about it.
4. Take a first step.
Now that your thoughts are organized, you can more clearly see what needs to be done and when. Take the first step. If there is no clear first step, do one thing that will contribute to solving the problem. This should be relatively easy. Once you see that you can accomplish one thing, you’ll feel more confident that you can accomplish the next. This is where you can really take back your control. Before you know it, you’ll have solved the problem, and you’ll wonder why you made such a big deal about it in the first place!
How do you stay calm in overwhelming and stressful situations? Please share tricks that work for you in the comments below! And for more motivation, check out Solving Life’s Overwhelming Problems.
Categories: Mental Health