Six Ways to Calm Down When Feeling Overwhelmed

Too much of any type of stress can feel overwhelming and it can often sneak up on us. Calming yourself down can be easier than you think with these six strategies.

1. Take a short walk

Exercise can be a great stress reliever because it helps you blow off steam and releases endorphins even if you have just five or ten minutes.  Walking with a friend can be a nice way to find social support and walking alone can provide you with some time to think, refocus, and come back to the situation with renewed optimism. You could also listen to music that soothes or energizes you.

2. Breathe deeply

If you're not in a position to leave
where you are, you can feel better right away by practising breathing exercises. You can do them anytime or anywhere, even if your demanding situation isn't letting up.

3. Visualize relief

If you can steal away a few minutes of peace, visualizations and guided imagery are a wonderful way to restore peace of mind. They're easy to do and can relax you mentally and physically.

4. Relax your muscles

Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a technique where you tense and release all of your muscle groups, leaving your body to feel more relaxed afterwards.

5. Write it down

If you have just a few minutes, you could also benefit from journaling. Writing down what's causing you stress can getting your emotions out on the page, may help release tension.

6. Drink some water

Dehydration can make you feel tired and dizzy. If you're feeling overwhelmed, try drinking a glass of water or a stress-relieving cup of tea.


Health isn’t just physical. Mental health is crucial for overall well-being. More than 42 million Americans suffer from some type of mental illness, and more than 19 million have a substance abuse problem.

Whether it’s depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, or some other issue, Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Counseling & Recovery Services provides a full spectrum of outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment in Ohio. Our Behavioral Health program is the largest hospital-based program of its kind in the state, and our 34-bed inpatient psychiatric unit and counseling and recovery services provide care to individuals in seven Ohio counties: Erie, Huron, Lorain, Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot. 

As always, if you need to talk to someone immediately, please contact our crisis hotline at 1-800-826-1306.