14 Ways To Keep Calm Even In The Chaos Of Life

Prakhar Verma
Apr 16, 2018 · 8 min read

The Difference Between Relaxing And Keeping Calm

It’s easy to relax when life is all good and you have the time.

Why You Must Keep Calm

All stress is not bad. Good, acute stress is okay and it should not bother you since it will help you perform better.

How To Eliminate, Tolerate And Manage Stress Effectively In A Busy Life

If you live a busy life, you know turning off stress is not easy. Even if you tackle a stressful situation, there are always more stressors waiting for you in the line.

1. De-load

Before we talk about the tactics of tolerating and managing stress, let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

2. Recognize

The first step to deal with the stress is to accept it. Recognize each stressor in your life. Make a list of all the things stressing you out and be honest with yourself.

3. Take It As An Opportunity

Every situation is an opportunity if you look for it. When life is hectic, it is an opportunity for you to train your mind to stay calm.

4. Give Less F*cks

You can’t stress about other’s opinion.

Me lying on a street while giving zero f*cks

5. Workout

Although physical exercise is a stressful activity, it provides the good stress needed for growth. Over the long run, exercising improves your ability to handle stress.

6. Stretch or Massage Your Body

Doing a few stretches relaxes your muscles and in turn, it relaxes your mind.

7. Take Short Naps

Sleeping significantly reduces stress, so it is important you have enough good quality sleep.

8. Use Music

Music can instantly change your state of mind. If you’re working, you can listen to relaxing or nature music in the background.

9. Eat (And Smell) Right

We all know the importance of eating well. But did you know you can significantly lower your stress response by eating anti-inflammatory foods? Even certain smells like the smell of lavender oil can lower stress.

10. Breathe

During stress, we automatically take short breaths. If you take deep breaths during stress, your body will understand that it’s not in a stressful situation.

  • 4–7–8 breathing: Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 7 and breathe out for 8. Repeat.
  • Alternate nostril breathing: Close your mouth, block your left nostril with your finger and breathe in deeply. Now let go, block your right nostril and breathe out. Then repeat by breathing in from your right nostril and out from the left. Repeat the sequence a few times.

11. Take A Short Break To Express And Regulate

People in a working environment often go for a smoke break. That’s how they handle stress, which is an unhealthy way to do it. You can reduce stress in a short time without a smoke.

12. Remember: Most Things Are Not That Serious

As your mind puts you in a fight-or-flight response, it will tell you how serious things are. But most things are not that serious.

13. Let Go Of What You Can’t Control

We often stress about something we had done in the past or about the outcome we can’t control.

14. Use Powerful Mindsets

a) Kindness


If you’re an ambitious person, your life will have stress. There’s no getting around it. But you can change your attitude and response towards it. Use it to fuel your performance and let it go when you don’t need it.

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Prakhar Verma

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Creator at DesignEpicLife.com where I help ambitious people design their epic lives so more people can truly live before they die.

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A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org