I can't relax fast enough
February 10, 2009 7:55 PM Subscribe
What is your best technique for calming down quickly?
posted by EatTheWeak to health & fitness (47 answers total) 72 users marked this as a favorite
There's a lot of good threads in AskMe's archives on long-term relief of stress and anxiety. Short term solutions are harder to come by. For me, dread, depression and anxiety come in waves that quickly grow too intense to function through. But it seems that, if I catch it before the point of hopeless constriction, I can break the paralysis and go back to acting and feeling like a regular person.
So, I's like to know what everyone's favorite and most effective methods are for calming down quickly. What do you do to settle down in a hurry when you feel your stress level exploding? I'm curious about any procedure that works, but I'm most interested in things that I can do inconspicuously, in case the freak-out I'm hoping to avert is happening in public or in mid-conversation.
Never mind about long-term fixes - there's plenty to read in the archives. I want to be an expert in anxiety triage.