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7 Quick Ways to Calm Down

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If you ever have a hard time, um, calming yourself down, take a look at my Beliefnet gallery featured on the main page, “7 Quick Ways to Calm Down.”

It begins ….

I’m easily overwhelmed. When my kids’ exuberant screams reach a decibel level my ears can’t tolerate, when Chuck E., the life-size “rat” at the pizza place, starts doing his jig while flashing arcade lights blind me, or when I open my email to find 100 messages–I feel a meltdown coming on. Which is why I came up with seven quick ways to calm myself down. 

I turn to these when I don’t have time to call my mom and hear her tell me, “Everything is going to be fine.” They keep me centered and grounded for as long as possible, and they help me relax my body even during those times when screaming kids and dancing life-size rats converge.

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Larry Parker

posted September 26, 2007 at 10:38 am

Very succinct and instructive without seeming remotely hectoring!
I was surprised both how many of them I already take advantage of — and how many of them I take advantage of, but NOT ENOUGH.
Thanks as always!

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posted September 10, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Larry steals my thunder again….
Ditto on what he said.
Thanks, Therese

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posted September 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Oh, Therese! That bit about water . . . you already “get it,” I know, but the ocean, a pool, a shower (both of where you can cry until your heart has emptied), sitting on your porch during the rain, even doing the dishes are all so healing to those of us who are water people. Whenever my depression recurs, my therapist says, “Get back in the water. You know you always do better when you are in the water.” If I could only just magically get there without having to do all the steps necessary, beginning with getting out of bed . . .

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