Practising mental stability in times of stress is important for anyone, especially when you’re trying to be your best. It can help you make the most of your day, stay productive, and feel more in control in stressful situations.
Here are some simple and effective ways to be mentally calm and stable:
Stopping Negative Self-Talk
Those of us who struggle with stress tend to ruminate on negative thoughts and feelings about a situation. While it’s normal to feel a certain amount of anxiety and fear, the more you spend time mulling over these negative thoughts, the less clear-headed you will be about what’s happening in your life and what steps to take next.
It’s also important to recognize when you’re being irrational about your emotions and to get help if you need it. Talking to friends and family about your worries, for example, can be very helpful.
Asking for Help When You Need It
Everyone has someone they can turn to in times of crisis, whether it’s their boss, a coworker, or their friend. When you’re able to reach out and get support when you need it, you can remain calm and focused on getting through the difficult situation.
Using guided imagery, or envisioning scenes that you find relaxing, can be a great way to relax and quiet your mind. Choose images that are soothing and familiar to you, such as a picture of your favourite place or an experience that’s deeply meaningful to you.
Try practising this technique for 15 to 20 minutes a day, says Scott Dehorty, LCSW-C of Delphi Behavioral Health. You may want to start out by doing shorter bouts of a few minutes when you’re feeling anxious and let it build up to longer periods over time.
Long, slow breaths are the number one way to calm yourself down quickly. According to Dehorty, your body’s fight-or-flight response begins to slow down when you take a deep breath in. Then, breathe out slowly as you focus on your breathing.
The more you practise this, the better at it you’ll be able to do on your own when you need it. Just take a few minutes and concentrate on your breathing and you’ll likely be able to slow down your emotions and feel much more relaxed.
Think About Your Positives
People who are mentally calm and stable always remind themselves that nothing lasts forever, so it’s okay if things don’t go exactly how we planned them to. This allows them to see problems as opportunities for learning and growth, rather than as threats that can derail their lives.
They’re also able to view stressful situations as opportunities for problem-solving and creativity, not as potential pitfalls. This approach to coping with stressful situations helps them keep their heads above water, so to speak, and can even help them learn valuable lessons that they can use later in their professional and personal lives.
Keeping yourself mentally stable is not easy, but it can be a key component of achieving your personal and professional goals. Developing resilience, focusing on what’s important, and finding purpose and meaning in life can help you be calm and confident in the face of any challenge.