This is what I came up with:
- Contact someone in your support group. Having a friend or loved one to talk to helps release pressure/energy and also can prevent a mini melt down all together. It's like having an accountability partner who will help you check in with yourself. I have had many days where talking to one of my friends and having help with certian issues makes things seem a lot less alone.
- Go for a walk. Being outdoors helps lift your mood and walking increases endorphins which will aid in your mood. Walking also counts as a moving meditation and helps you to work out problems and come up with creative solutions.I love going for a hike when I have any unwanted anxiety or drama i need to work out. It has been a big part of my life and happiness since I have started.
- Meditate. Calming your mind and being still helps you to relax. Medtitation can also help ask questions and come up with solutions peacefully. It also helps balance your Chakras and will help with anxiety. I still need a lot of practice in this.
- Write in your journal. I have kept a journal for over 15 years and it has helped me release so many things by being able to write down my issues, work out a solution and also have a reference to look back on and see how much I grown through the years.
- Reading/Watching a movie. This is one of my favorites. I have been a book and movie lover since as far back as I can remember. If I was being bullied or going through a hard time I turned to my stories. It gave and gives me a way to act out problems creatively and put myself in roles that are often subject of fairy tale. One of my favorite series is The Hobbit and LotR. I often see life as an adventure, journey and quest. We each set out to explore our worlds and come across different obstacles. So ask "What would ::insert your favorite characters name:: do?"
- Yoga. When in doubt stretch it out. I first got into yoga with a friend of mine and haven't been able to stop. Stretching and focusing on your breath helps relieve stress, increase blood flow and so much more.
- Hula Hooping. This is another moving meditation that gets you centered and grounded. When I first started I was horrible but as you continue your practice you focus on aligning your body and hoop together, leaving worries and stress to the winds. This can also be a way of coming up with creative solutions to problems.
There are many creative ways that you can relax, blow off steam and even let go of past experiences that you no longer wish to harbor. What are some of the ways you calm down during or after a mini meltdown?