How to Stay Calm

Tips on Staying Calm when you are stranded

Steps for Staying Calm

  • Identify the cause of your stress
  • Choose your response
  • Make a plan
  • Take one step at a time
  • Shake it off
  • Be realistic

Some Things to do When You are Stressed

  • Meditate
  • Exercise (Such as yoga)
  • Sing
  • Sleep


Meditation improves focus and attention span and also keeps you calm. It does this because it clears your brain, which gets rid of stress and bad thoughts. In the minutes after meditating, we experience calm, happiness and better awareness.
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When you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. Your heart pressure increases, and the brain thinks you are fighting or fleeing from an enemy. To protect you and your brain from stress, you release a protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which acts as a reset switch, which is why we feel so at ease after exercising. Also, exercise keeps you calm because it releases endorphins, which is a chemical that fights stress.
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Singing clears your head of all bad thoughts. It changes the usual thinking patterns and decreases stress. When you are singing you think about your singing, not about other things going on, which makes you calmer.

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Amygdala creates negativity, while hippocampus processes positive memories. When you do not sleep, it hurts the hippocampus, making the amygdala stronger, making things more negative. So, when you do not sleep you do not remember pleasant memories, but you do remember bad ones. Negativity creates stress, so sleep makes you calm.

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