How To Stay Calm and Relaxed In A Stressful Environment

During deadlines, upcoming exams, and important presentations, my friends and workmates (always in bewilderment) ask me, “How the heck are you still so chill?”. I usually want to ask them “How the heck are you always so stressed?” in return.

A little fact about me: I am a pretty chill person… on the outside, and honey, you do not want to know what is going on inside my head. However, when faced with a stressful situationespecially if it is a sudden oneI know how important it is to stay calm on the outside and on the inside. 

So, when everyone else is in a frenzy and pulling their hair out, I stay calm. Yes, I am also alert and I am aware of the urgency, but I still keep my composure.

Why you should remain calm

Let’s say you are suddenly under pressure because you are given a deadline to finish something or you are overwhelmed with the new changes or these new tasks, keeping your cool under all these circumstances will actually help you be more productive and will help you get your job done.

Moreover, you will gain confidence because you do not feel any hindrance pulling you down.

You will radiate a reliable image wherein people can count on you to give them guidance when they are too much in a hysteria to think properly.

With all that said, here are the ways that I have personally tried and found effective on how you can stay calm if you suddenly find yourself in stressful or uncontrollable situations:

Talk to yourself

This is what I always do when instances like this occur. Before I go ranting or confronting someone else, I talk to myself first. I mentally plan things out and strategize my next steps. I also ask questions to myself like, “On a normal day, what would I have done with this?”, or “What is the worst thing that could happen?”. Most of the time, my questions get answered and I am presented with a clear direction on what my next moves will be, and I slowly and surely calm down.

In this situation, I want you to think about the worst thing that could happen and make various solutions or moves on how you can avoid that particular outcome. You can also make a mental checklist or write it down. Then, think about the best thing that could happen after you’ve resolved the issue. You will find yourself more motivated to work and function effectively. You can even ask yourself, “Is this really worth stressing over?” because honestly, sometimes it is not.

Take a deep breath

You may want to punch the next person who will tell you to “Just breathe”. On other occasions, I would understand your desire to do that but in this case, you really need to take a breath. Focus on your breathing. If you feel like you are going to hyperventilate or you feel like everything is getting too much, stop whatever you are doing, even for a few seconds, and breathe. You can drink water and massage the sides of your head for a bit as well. A few seconds to gather yourself is important to have you work more effectively as you now have a clearer mind.

A great breathing exercise to help you calm down is to breathe in through your diaphragm and hold in that breath for four seconds, release, then do it again until you feel yourself slowly relaxing.

Tune out the noise

One way to stay calm in a stressful environment is to forget that you are in a stressful environment. Tune out your surroundings and focus on what is in front of youon what you are doingand your surroundings will just be a dull background noise. Remember how you become so focused on a movie that you do not notice your friends or anyone talking to you? You can do that in this situation as well.

Try as hard as you can to zone out your internal voices as well. You can actually lose more focus and be more stressed if you give too much attention to your worries, doubts, and fears instead of doing the task at hand or preparing yourself for what you need to do.

An effective way to tune out a stressful environment is to plug your earphones in. I usually play calming music but you can also play really loud, headbanger music which I believe can help block the noise more. It is really up to what works for you best.

Seek support

If you think talking to yourself has not really alleviated the frantic feeling inside you, then it is best to talk to someone who you know can help you. It can be either someone who has great expertise in the situation you’re facing or someone you can trust and vent out to. Letting all your frustrations out and sharing whatever difficulty you are in can help release some of the pent-up stress you have.

Do not fret if you find yourself in more stressful situations than one. Think of this instead: if you expose yourself to stressful and pressuring environments, you will be able to master the art of staying calm.

P.S. I would know because I used to live that life.

How do you stay calm in stressful situations?

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  • Stacie
    April 3, 2019

    Boy, did I need this. I’m my own boss, so my environment is always stressful. I could use a little centering.

    • kronicles
      April 3, 2019

      Being your own boss can get really overwhelming so yes, don’t forget to take a little break! 🙂

  • Colleen
    April 3, 2019

    This is going to help so many people – myself included. Today’s world is nothing but a stress machine, and we have to learn how to deal with it if we want to stay sane.

    • kronicles
      April 3, 2019

      I’m so glad this post has helped you, Colleen! Thank you for reading!

  • Emily Fata
    April 3, 2019

    I often talk myself (sometimes out loud) down from feeling elevated levels of anxiety. I’ll have to try some of these other tips that you’ve outlined, as well.

    • kronicles
      April 4, 2019

      Talking to ourselves really help! Thanks for reading!

  • artchee
    April 4, 2019

    Hmm, I sometimes talk to myself as well. Making encouragements and self-advise. I usually do this when I’m trying to analyze a situation. :0)

  • Snehal
    April 4, 2019

    I honestly talk to myself in a stressful situation 🙈 and it helped me in calming a lot! I thought this is a weird habit. 😀 But it works!

  • Subhashish Roy
    April 4, 2019

    I do use the first three techniques to stay calm when I tend to get worked up. Thanks for reminding.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    April 4, 2019

    When I find myself stressed out, I usually talk to myself – stuff like “You got this” and “This is just a bump in the road.” It helps a lot. My only wish is to be able to find a quiet spot (or time) in the house so I can just breathe deeply and focus.

  • Erin Knight
    April 4, 2019

    These are some great tips for staying calm. I usually just turn on the calm music and it really helps.

  • Danyelle Whitley
    April 4, 2019

    As a Jr. High teacher, these are great ideas. Especially during testing time. We let the kids have paper so they can write out their thoughts while stressed out. I do my fair share of talking to myself between classes to shed off the last stress and be fresh for the new period.

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    April 4, 2019

    This advice is really great. Staying calm can be the most difficult thing in the world sometimes.

  • Joanna Clute
    April 4, 2019

    There are some moments I could just flip out! But, staying calm helps me solve problems faster.

  • Megha
    April 5, 2019

    this is a much needed topic to be discussed! I usually talk to my mom or hubby whenever i am in stress!

  • Kiwi
    April 5, 2019

    i think people who are in stressful environments have to learn to bring peace to themselves first. Even if the energy is hectic its the inner peace that will affect their outer peace.

  • Porsha
    April 5, 2019

    As a work at home mom of a 3 and 5 year old I will def use this every single day! It can be hard with toddlers.

  • Shannon Gurnee
    April 6, 2019

    These sound like some great tips. I’ll have to try these the next time I’m in a stressful environment.

  • Candy Rachelle
    April 6, 2019

    What an awesome tips to stay calm. It is really important to stay calm to have a positive vibes everyday.

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