- Step 1: Separate and chill Take time alone, find a dark room, plug your ears, and sit still until calm returns.
- Step 2: Relax your body Relax each part of your body in succession, blanking-out negative thoughts.
- Step 3: Cry and recover Cry. Studies show crying can energize the immune system and reduce stress quickly.
- TIP: If eruptions continue to interfere with your happiness, find professional help to anticipate meltdowns and plan alternative behavior.
- Step 4: Walk Walk to burn off energy and meditate on peaceful things. Doctors believe in "self-talk" and affirmations that reinforce the uselessness of anger.
- Step 5: Dance to music Dance to your favorite music. Distracting your toxic impulses with external stimuli buys you temporary relief.
- Step 6: Breathe Inhale deeply through the nose, counting to five and, pursing your lips, push the air out long and slowly for a count of 10.
- Step 7: Say a mantra Chant a mantra to yourself during intense situations. When mumbled or chanted internally, your secret word is a reminder to calm down.
- TIP: Incorporate a healthy lifestyle and combine a low-stimulus environment with relaxation, exercise, and time with friends.
- Step 8: Consider alternative choices Reframe your take on events, considering how others feel and contemplating better responses than agitation.
- FACT: Did you know? As many as 10 percent of healthy people have anxiety attacks each year.
You Will Need
- A dark room
- A mantra
- Professional help (optional)