Taken Off Guard, Mom? 4 Simple Ways to Feel in Control When Unexpected Things Happen! by Dr. Sarah Allen

7 years ago

Taken Off Guard, Mom? 4 Simple Ways to Feel in Control When Unexpected Things Happen!

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.

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