Never in the history of calming down has anyone calmed down by being told to calm down.
Hoda Kotb

Rick LePage

True. But taking slow, deep breaths with long exhales has been known to work. Also effective: going for a walk, loading up on salsa (the capsicum relaxes your airways), helping others.

Practice: Initiate conversations about what helps you calm down. Going public can aerate your relationship to stress.

Related practice: Self-care, Fluency, Anger