(The following excerpt from 7 Things Calm People Do Differently by Lindsay Holmes appeared on huffingtonpost.com on 11/05/13. To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)
You’ve been through it more times than you’d care to count: As you trying to manage your growing stress throughout the chaos of a busy work day, there’s (always!) at least one person who is keeping their cool. Don’t they notice the crises you’ve been rushing between?
And have you ever wondered how those de-stressed, ever-calm people keep it all together on a daily basis? The truth is, they’re neither superhuman nor oblivious — they just practice daily habits that keep their stress levels under control. And the good news is that you can learn from them. According to Michelle Carlstrom, the senior director of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement at John Hopkins University, it’s all about tailoring tricks to fit your needs.
“My number one recommendation is you have to find the strategies that work for you and work to make those strategies a habit,” Carlstrom told The Huffington Post. “I think people feel less stressed — even when they’re really busy — if they’re able to live out personal values that matter to their life. Whatever your values are, if you don’t get to practice them its hard to feel calm.”
By adopting your own personal stress-busters, the chaos of life can become a lot more manageable. But how to start? Carlstrom says relaxed people take an inventory of how they deal with stress and then figure out healthy strategies to balance out coping mechanisms that aren’t beneficial. Below find seven simple strategies calm people make an effort to integrate into their lives on a daily basis.
1. They focus on finding their center.
2, They express gratitude.
3. They sleep.
4. They socialize.
5. They don’t keep it together ALL the time.
6. They use their vacation days.
7. They unplug.