How to Calm Down
How to Calm Down
Teach kids how to calm down with Create Your Own Calm
Role modelling how to calm down is key!
As with all aspects of parenting, it is so important that we role model to kids ways in which we want them to behave. If we can show them ways to calm down through taking these actions themselves they are far more likely to follow suit.
I know how I like to relax, books, baking and walking plus a little photography and we have started family cycling but what about other people what works for them. I have compiled a list of 100 ways to calm down because I was intrigued and was seeking inspiration. I hope you find these ways to calm down inspiring too!
How to Calm down – What is calm?
If we want to know how to calm down we need to look at a definition of what calm is
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Simple ways how to calm down? It’s all about relaxing your mind
I love to walk up somewhere high in the hills and just sit and breath. Sometimes all you can hear are the sheep and the bees buzzing around. It’s hard to not be calm when you’re high up and close to nature.
I have two methods to calming down – one is to walk away and take myself off for a walk. If I can’t do that I like to take myself off to some quiet space and take 5 or 10 minutes to do some meditation. I find putting that space there really helps
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How to calm down with creativity
Journaling! It’s a fantastic way to identify, clarify, and process triggers and feelings, and is wonderful for self-care. It aids in reflection and self-acceptance , and it’s also a form of mindfulness, which facilitates calm.
Winding down is How to calm Down
I try and do a bit of yoga each day. Sometimes I only manage 15 minutes and sometimes I can do much more. It has an almost cleansing effect on my mind, like having a dip in cool water. Www.ricecakesandraisins.co.uk
How to Calm Down – How about photography?
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How to calm down with Gaming
I know this goes against all kinds of advice and research but I’ve always found playing video games cathartic and calming! If I’ve had a stressful day, an hour or two on my Xbox always helps me clear my mind.
I went through a very tough time quite a few years ago now, and my saving head space was playing Halo on the Xbox. SUCH a release.
Simple Ways to Calm Down – Taking Five
A way I calm myself down is to get a book and a hot drink and chill out in my little reading nook
If I’m feeling worked up I love to shut myself in the kitchen, put done music on and cook my favourite meal from scratch. It requires me to focus on what I’m doing and other thoughts leave my mind. By the time I’ve finished I’m usually feeling much calmer and I have a delicious risotto to share with my family too.
How to Calm Down with cooking
How to calm down when you worry
The best way for me to calm down is to get all the things that are worrying me out of my head and onto paper. I write a “stress list” with all of the things that are worrying me. Once they are written down I can relax because they are there for me to deal with later so I don’t need to keep them in my head.
How to Calm Down with quiet
Ways to Calm Down – Quiet time
Sitting in a quiet room for five minutes – enjoying the silence and solitude really helps in calming myself and all the senses. Sometimes I close my eyes and lie down and meditate too if I have enough headspace for that.
I use meditation as a way to reset my mind. I find it keeps me calm before the feelings and emotions begin to spiral. It can be as simple as 2-3 mins or longer if needed but it works everytime. Https://www.sophobsessed.com
Silence is the only thing that calms me down, I find when I am stressed, noises become unbearable and I need to remove them ALL from my headspace. So if it means going to another room, another house or another continent…I take myself there and sit in silence until my sanity is restored.
How to Calm Down with company
More simple ways how to calm down – Breathe it Out
When I do even just a few minutes of yoga in the morning I find I have such a better day once the kids are up. I love yoga with Adrianne on YouTube and she has a few 5 minute videos that I really enjoy.
How to calm down in a quiet space
Creating calm for me at the moment is distracting myself with something totally opposite to what’s not making me calm. Breathing has been a big one and I’ve tried to really slow down my breathing when I’m feeling stressed out.
I first learnt about the calming effects of breathing techniques when I was pregnant but didn’t master them properly until my second daughter was born. I’ve used them almost daily ever since to help me when I’m getting hot and flustered. My kids now do breathing and meditation in school and I’m so glad. I wish I’d known about this when I was younger.
Simple ways to calm down with scents
Certain scents are really calming for me. The obvious one is lavender, I use the Lush ‘Twilight’ spray at bedtime. But I also love warming scents such as ginger and vanilla in my wax/oil burner. During the day I love having those wafting through my home and workspace.
How to Calm Down with sensory experiences
Fresh air perfect for those looking How to Calm Down
One of the ways we’ve been calming ourselves over the last few months is to lie in the back garden on a blanket and watch the clouds roll past above us.. We’ve been trying to see what shapes we can make out. We’ve spotted dogs, dragons and lions in the clouds lately!
Getting out on my mountain bike is the best way to create a sense of calm. The beauty of the countryside and the company of friends is just fantastic, but riding challenging trails is the best bit! I’m too busy concentrating on staying on the bike to think about anything else!
For me, I love to download an audiobook and head out for a run. Doesn’t really matter on the weather. Just need the distraction. Xx
When I’m stressed I like to put my trainers on and go for a run. Getting out into the countryside and always helps clear my head and the exercise takes my mind off whatever has been making me anxious. https://the-twenty-per-cent.com/
How to calm down with gratitude
I like to say a little prayer naming all the things I am grateful for in my life
How to Calm Down with prayer
How to Calm Down with Pet therapy
When I need to calm down I grab my walking boots and my beloved dog and head out to the woods. Nature has a special way of calming me when my mind is racing. www.moneysavvymumuk.com
How to Calm Down with pets
I love standing out in the garden just watching the cows in the paddock behind. Or playing with the dogs and watching the gliders going over. If I’ve got the camera out even better. It’s a chance to just focus on the quiet, what’s around and nothing else.
How to calm down with music
Switching on some of my favourite dance tunes plugging in my airpods, closing my eyes and just dancing my stress away!!
I have a playlist of my favourite calming songs so I lay down, close my eyes and listen to the music which calms me.
How to Calm Down with music
When trying to calm down, I like listening to my favourite music. If I feel really stressed, I even sing along (I’m terrible at singing). Focusing on the lyrics really helps, especially if it’s in a different language
Know how to calm down and banish the stress
When I’m stressed out and need to calm down, I listen to cheesy pop music. Depending on the level of stress I might even dance or sing a bit. I know it seems counter-intuitive but after a few minutes I feel calmer and more relaxed, ready to tackle whatever problem I have.
For me, dancing around the kitchen to some of my favourite music gives me a boost and makes me happy. Its time out for me (and a lot of laughs if my son joins in.
I always head to my piano if I need to calm myself. Music for me is expressive and uplifting and when I play I can just forget the real world and all of my problems. No matter if it’s a quick five minute bash or an hour of concentrating and learning new songs, it always works.
How to calm down with …. Movies
My favourite thing to do is to make myself a cup of tea, grab a blanket and put a favourite film on. It is always a period drama like Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey, and then I can go to my happy place!
Passing responsibility for the kids over to my other half or someone else so I can shut the bedroom door and just focus on myself. Then I find it doesn’t matter whether I read a book or watch something on Netflix. I’m instantly calmed down.
I love to snuggle under a blanket and watch repeats of movies I know I love – its like a warm hug form an old friend
How to Calm Down – grab that coffee!
Simple ways to Calm down with exercise
Moving makes a difference if you are looking for ways how to calm down
Music can have a transformative effect, especially when you play an old 90s club classic that you used to love dancing to and have a dance (behind closed doors!) and dance like no-one is watching! Definitely helps drive any negative emotions away and makes me much calmer after that!
Simple ways to calm down – in the garden
I have to ‘do’ something. Gardening is my go to. Nothing beats getting my hands in the earth. Taking note of the invertebrates, insects and other creatures around me. Breathing in the smell of the soil, listening to the buzz of the bees, the birdsong in the trees, feeling each plant. Knowing I am growing something, that I am part of the world around me, lifts me and calms me like nothing else can.
how to calm down in the garden
Nature calms me down, so country walks especially if they’re by a river. Plus during lockdown my saving grace was growing my own fruit and vegetables, so exciting, rewarding and you get to eat the fruits of your labour
More ways how to calm down
After a busy day with 30 children in year 6, I need calm. Once I’ve kicked off my shoes at home, I make a cup of tea – priority- and, if the weather is good, I’ll sit in the garden and just listen and enjoy my tea. If the weather is bad, I sit on the sofa, feet up and listen to my girl’s chatter about their day. Simple but very effective.
The wonder of water
I find listening to water is a great way to relax. That could be a garden feature, a stream or even the sea. I find it really calms any anxiety.
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I go for a long walk by the water side and just listen to the water!
The best way for me is to have a bubble bath without interruptions. That’s the hard bit when u have kids. It just allows me to switch off and just “be”
When it comes to needing to find some calm, I seek out open spaces and water – the coast, a lake, a river – and take the dog for a walk. There’s something about large expanses of water that I find immensely soothing.
How to calm down with … Colours
.I learned a technique where you close your eyes and think of red, while concentrating on breathing slowly, then green, then blue, by the time I get to blue It really helps me feel calmer. Www.raisiebay.com
How to calm down with Cooking
Ways to calm down – reliving happy memories
More simple ways to calm down …. talk it over
I find it really helpful to have a chat to a friend or family member when I’m feeling anxious or stressed. It often helps to put things into perspective and helps me regain a sense of calm.
Ways to calm down with Cuddle time
As a child I had a particular toy dog, my comfort behaviour was playing with his tail, a bit like some children play with clothes tags. I still have this toy dog today, he is somewhat worse for wear, but I still find it relaxing to play with his tail! A bit like the adults who still suck their thumbs in private!
I’ve found reading fiction books really helpful to de-stress and help me gain some peace after a hectic day. Engaging your imagination can be a welcome relief when lots is on your mind. https://www.thesavvyscientist.com/why-reading-so-much-fiction-this-year-has-made-me-a-better-scientist/
I calm down by being in the moment through sport or reading a good book. When I can, surfing is the best way of being present and in nature. Before I go to bed, I make sure all technology is shut off and I read a few pages of my book before going to sleep.
Ah books, they are other worlds! Sometimes the best place to be
I also include reading in Create Your Own Calm as a top tool for kids to destress.
How to calm down with … Nature
I have filled my house with plants, from a lemon tree in a sunny hallway to cacti dotted around they really help me to stay calm. I think it’s nice to have living green plants around just to help stay centered and even the ritual of looking after them feels like a really calming activity.
Watching a spider cast it’s web or a butterfly dance – they calm me completely
More simple ways how to calm down with nature
There are two things which help calm me down. Firstly, sitting in my conservatory watching the birds on my bird feeder. The other is picking up my camera and photographing nature in all its glory. https://www.vevivos.com
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Ways to calm down … with podcasts
How to Calm Down – listen up!
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Create Your Own Calm is out now and available from Amazon and all good bookshops. I do hope ou have enjoyed this bumper post on ways to calm down and now feel hugely inspired to find your own simple ways to calm down and clear your mind.
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