When faced with a situation that causes us to become distressed, our first response is often to act irrationally. Tension hinders our mood and our ability to make good choices and take responsible actions, so for the best outcomes we should try and calm ourselves as fast as possible so that we can resurface a steady mind.
To follow are 3 ways to which you can relax and calm yourself when something or someone has caused you an affective level of frustration.
A great way to relieve tension is to use the power of cold water. You can splash cool water on your pressure points including your wrists and behind your ears. By adding the cold water to your pressure points, you ultimately are cooling down your arteries beneath the skin and calming your whole body by reducing the heat going around it.
Another sure way is to plunge your face in a basin of cold water for 30 seconds. By doing this you hold your breath for 30 seconds and trigger a lifesaving reaction in your brain. Your blood vessels narrow, heart rate decreases and oxygen is directed to all your vital organs, the perfect distraction from external stressors.
Some of the most proven relaxation methods come from the use of breathing exercises. There are many methods you can try to see what works for you, here are some to try next time you become agitated.
The first exercise is to close your eyes and focus on each breath. Exhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 and then exhale for 8. Repeating this exercise 6 times a day is supposedly able to improve your health whilst calming you and helping your stay positive.
You may also choose to lower your heart rate during stressful situations by slowing down your breaths. Focus on your breathing so that you exhale and inhale for 6 seconds each way for up to two minutes.
Take Some Time
It is completely natural for you to become agitated and disclaimed. If you fear bad outcomes of feeling distressed there is a possibility you may suppress these emotions, which would have significantly worse outcomes than if you let the anger roll.
Our emotions are like waves, or mountains and they rise and fall with a peak in the centre. If we allow ourselves to reach the peak of the emotion we can then allow the emotion to dissipate and reduce to a steady state.
By keeping in and suppressing the emotion and not allowing ourselves to feel it, we are prolonging the peak and therefore increasing the size of it.
We can use these ways of thinking to increase the performance of our organisations by allowing ourselves to stay calm and steady-headed, especially when complications arrive that need immediate attention.