Staying Calm When Overwhelmed

Life has drastically changed for many over the past few weeks, and it can be easy to feel worried or overwhelmed. We know it is a strange and stressful time, but it’s important that we take care of ourselves. Staying calm is key to keeping yourself physically and emotionally healthy, and every Girl Scout knows how important that can be. While there’s a lot we don’t know, we do know that these 7 tips to staying calm work. Try them out and see which one is your favorite!

Get moving. Exercise is important for maintaining your physical and emotional well-being. Staying active improves your self-confidence and boosts energy all while decreasing stress and anxiety! Some great ways to stay active are: taking a walk, riding your bike, or even building your own backyard obstacle course!

Practice deep breathing and meditation. Deep breathing and mediation help to lower your heart rate and blood pressure which makes you feel calmer. Deep breathing can be done anywhere, just close your eyes and take a few beep breaths in and out and see how much better you feel! There are lots of free mediation videos and apps to help you get started too!

Revisit a favorite book or movie (or find a new one!) The worlds of books and movies can be a welcome distraction from the stresses of daily life! Re-reading or watching an old favorite can provide a sense of comfort and you may even notice something you didn’t before! If you’re looking for a new adventure, try reading a new book or watching a movie you’ve never seen before, who knows maybe you’ll find a new favorite!

Double down on healthy habits. During stressful times its easy to want to lay on the couch and eat junk food, but it’s important to take care of our bodies. The great news is being healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Learn to make fun smoothies, plan a meal for your family, and make sure you get plenty of sleep!

Get Fresh Air. Being stuck inside for a long period of time is never fun. Make sure you’re getting outside and enjoying the fresh air on nice days. There are so many options for enjoying nature, take a walk around your neighborhood, read a book on the porch, or even set up camp in your back yard and sleep under the stars!

Talk it out. It’s important to talk about how you’re feeling with those you are close to. If you’re feeling stressed tell a friend, family member, or even your Girl Scout leaders and remember you are never alone!

Make sure you’re taking care of yourself Girl Scouts! And don’t forget to see if these activities may even help you earn a new badge.

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