Taken Off Guard? 4 Simple Ways to Feel in Control When Unexpected Things Happen! by Dr. Sarah Allen
a year ago
When things happen in the world that shake our sense of safety, our levels of adrenaline skyrocket, leaving us stressed and feeling out of control. What to do?
- The first thing to do is breathe. Basically, deep breathing and adrenaline can’t co-exist in the same body as it triggers the release of a neurotransmitter (acetylcholine) that calms you down and most importantly, stops your thoughts from racing so you can think straight.
- Next, think about what you can and cannot control, and move your focus to make changes to things you do have control over.
- Do a random act of kindness to make yourself and someone else feel better.
- Hug the ones you love. A good hug is the fastest way for you to get oxytocin flowing in your body. This “love drug” calms your nervous system and boosts positive emotions.