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11 Ways To Keep Your Cool In Any Situation

No one can predict when stressful situations will occur. That's just the way life works. But here are 11 helpful ways to deal with everyday stress, brought to you by State Farm®.

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1. Consider the scale of your problems.

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Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking every little thing is a major catastrophe. If you're upset, take a few moments and consider your problems in a broader context.

2. Don't forget to breathe!

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Breathing deeply through your belly calms your nervous system. Even one or two deep breaths will help you stay calm when you find yourself in an argument or prior to a public presentation.

3. Talk about your feelings with your family or friends.

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It's easy to get trapped in your own head when you hit a rough patch. Talking to friends and family is a great way to get stuff off your chest and find support.

5. Stay off social media; it will only makes things worse.

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If you are losing your cool, take some time to process your thoughts before posting a diatribe on Facebook or Twitter. Oftentimes, you'll find your initial reactions don't correspond with reality.

7. Meditation can get you off the hamster wheel of negative thinking.

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Most forms of meditation teach you how to be mindful of your feelings and surroundings. Sometimes all it takes to calm down is awareness of the things that are making you upset.

9. Combat stress with healthy food.

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It's tempting to eat junk food when you're under stress, but this often leaves you feeling gross and tired. On the other hand, certain natural foods (like avocados, raspberries, and asparagus) contain nutrients that combat the stress response.

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