ways to feel calmer
Try one of these things every day:
• Be kind to yourself.
Think about what you'd say to a friend if they were in your position.
• Check your basic needs.
Think about whether you’re hungry, thirsty or tired - and eat, drink or rest if you need to.
• Focus on things right now.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or angry, take yourself out of the situation by pausing for 30 seconds and feeling your feet firmly on the ground or your back against a chair.
• Take a break.
Make time to listen to music, go for a walk or have a chat with family or friends.
• Take deep breaths.
Take 5 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
• Be kind to other people.
Help yourself to feel proud or good by doing a random act of kindness like offering to wash up, make someone a cup of tea or get involved in volunteering.
• Learn to say no.
Think about yourself before others – if someone is taking up a lot of your time and it's making you stressed or upset, let them know when you need a break. See our tips for being assertive.