4 Necessary Tips To Calm Your Nerves When Faced With Stressful Situations

by Levita Galinsky

“Calm down!” “Take a chill pill!” “Relax yourself!” “Don't react to negativity!”

Sound familiar? These phrases are too often preached to us when we are seriously losing our cool and overall grasp of reality.

We all get agitated every now and again, and sometimes, we're prone to overindulging our delicate nerves. We can yell out in anger, grow internally frustrated, become sad or withdrawn.

When you are in line at the supermarket and have a dangerously low patience level, maybe it's time to take some drastic measures against the nerves enemy.

Nerve-racking situations can cause anxiety, depression, increased blood pressure and other negative, long-term effects. It's important to learn how to control your nerves at any given moment, as well as on a consistent basis.

Here are four quick tips to conserve your energy and to remain calm.

1. The mind is a powerful tool.

Being in control of your emotions is a great skill. How can you maintain this state of cognitive perfection consistently? Well, first thing's first, make sure you realize you are at fault and take full responsibility for your actions and thoughts.

Once you have established this, you can begin to take preventative measures against persistent nervous attitudes and behaviors. Meditation and yoga are both underrated practices when it comes to clearing your mind and finding inner peace.

Just a few minutes a day can really make the difference if you need to release some nervous tension. Sit silently in your room and close your eyes while listening to calming music.

Slowly inhale the good energy and exhale the negativity you feel inside. Try to concentrate on your breath, and you will feel your aggression ease almost immediately.

2. Your diet is your friend.

Certain foods really are anti-inflammatory, which means they calm your nerves on a biological level. Avoid processed foods, sugars and foods that contain gluten and wheat.

All of these foods increase inflammation in your body, which makes you that much more prone to nervous outbursts.

Some super foods that can boost your overall happiness and decrease nervous tension include dark chocolate (which regulates your stress hormone levels of cortisol) and foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids that promote nerve cell protection (wild cold water fish, like salmon, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds).

B-complex vitamins aid in the neurotransmitters' ability to effectively communicate between nerve cells. Add a supplement to your diet to ensure you get all the necessary B vitamins, including folate, B6 and B12. So, the next time you're on edge about feeling nervous, grab a handful of sunflower seeds, a piece of dark chocolate and enjoy!

3. Finding fun things to do can dramatically decrease your nervous reactions.

When you find something creative to do that you genuinely enjoy doing, you release endorphins as a result (a natural hormone that combats any stress you may be experiencing).

Some passive actions can also decrease your nerves. Smiling and simply being happy is a surefire way to release some endorphins promptly and resourcefully.

It requires almost no effort and the results are purely agreeable. When was the last time you tried smiling instead of getting angry? Try it! Additionally, any activity that you personally enjoy doing can produce the same response.

So, consider shopping, cleaning, taking a bath with scented candles and reduced lighting, listening to music, watching a movie or reading your favorite book. Indulge in some “me” time to truly stay calm and avoid getting nervous.

4. Sleeping calms your nerves.

Having a regular sleep schedule is a great thing for your nerves. Sleeping is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your nerves and rebuild your immune system.

Taking a nap during the day for just 10 minutes also promotes calmness and peacefulness for both the short term and long term. So, when you think about getting frustrated, just take a nap when you get a chance! It can be during the weekend or even at work during your lunch break. You will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Our nerves protect us. When they are intact, we can be the happiest people who fully enjoy life, remain confident, calm, peaceful and centered. In turn, we can make quality-based decisions and contain our patience levels when faced with aggravating circumstances.

When you begin feeling angry or nervous, stop and ask yourself, “Do I need to get worked up over this?” The next step is to take control of your nerves by following the preceding steps listed above.

Remember that your nerves are the foundation for a healthy and happy life, so as delicate as they are, you should take care of them on a daily basis.

Now, go relax!

Photo credit: Ibai Acevedo