How to Calm Your Nerves

It is essential to your health and well-being to know how to employ tactics and strategies which calm your nerves and help you cope with the stress of today's fast-paced world.

Experiencing life as a series of nervous and stressful situations is mentally, emotionally and physically taxing. Enjoying life and the inherent beauty of each moment while learning more about yourself is, after all, what our existence here on earth is about. There are many simple and natural strategies and habits that will help you cope with everyday stresses and calm your nerves.

Using Breathing and Stretching

  • When faced with a nerve-wracking setting, breathe in deeply through your nose, hold it for one second and strongly release it through your mouth. Repeat until you feel calmer. Use your diaphragm as opposed to your chest when doing this breathing exercise. 
  • If you find your nerves acting up while seated, make sure that your feet are flat on the floor and your arms flat on the arms of the chair. Inhale and hold your breath while pressing down with your arms and legs. Allow your arms to lock and let your body hang. As you exhale allow the calm limpness to envelop you. 
  • Another method to calm your nerves is to squeeze the Hegu acupressure point while breathing normally. The Hegu point is used to relieve symptoms of stress-related conditions and is located in the webbing between your thumb and index finger. Humming can also calm your nerves as it stimulates the body's relaxation response.

Relieving Stress from Within

  • You can use many autogenic methods to calm your nerves and relax frayed nerves. Meditation and yoga are great ways to withdraw and regain your inner composure. Visualizing yourself in a peaceful place is another method for relaxation. Close your eyes and, while breathing slowly in and out using your diaphragm, picture a peaceful place and feel the calm and serene surrounds infusing your body and dissolving any stress or nervous tension.

Things to Avoid Which Aggravate Tattered Nerves

  • Avoid caffeine and, if possible, remove it completely from your lifestyle. Reduce your sugar intake as a sugar high and subsequent crash will wreak any chances of handling stress efficiently. Integrating a healthy diet, filled with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, seeds and nuts, will keep your blood sugar level stable, and help avoid the dreaded sugar-crash
  • Take regular breaks when working on a computer. Stand up, walk around, lift your shoulders up and down, close your eyes and take deep breaths. Do not go to sleep stressed and never turn to quick-fix stress relievers such as alcohol and drugs.
  • Being able to deal with stress efficiently will lower your blood pressure and heart-rate, thereby putting less stress on your heart. It will increase blood flow to your major muscles, reducing muscle tension, making you feel good. Smile regularly and remember that when you feel good, life is good.