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How do I calm myself when I feel like I'm about to faint or I'm overtaken by all the emotions inside me?

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Last Updated: 06/11/2019 at 9:32am
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Top Rated Answers
February 27th, 2015 2:10pm
I like to listen to music that calms me down. I also like to run to get the feelings and stress off my shoulders. Exercise helps me to relieve a lot of emotions. I also write about my feelings in poetry that I write
March 12th, 2015 8:48pm
When emotions start to take over, not only are they affecting your mind but also your body. When you start feeling faint, a racing heart or jitters, your body is reacting to your emotions. When you notice this happening, you can "trick" your body into feeling relaxed. The mind and the body are one, so if one starts to feel relaxed, the other will follow in suit. By taking a few deep breaths, you will start to ease your nerves. This will start to signal to your brain that you are relaxed. Other ways to trigger the brain to relax is by simply laughing. Put on a funny movie or visit a humorous website. A few laughs will take your mind off your emotions, but it will also trigger the brain to release your "feel good" hormones. The inverse is true, where if you can trick your brain into relaxation, your body will follow. Close your eyes and envision yourself in a peaceful place. Perhaps that's at a beach or at a cabin in the mountains. Think about how your senses feel in this environment. After a few minutes of this type of meditation called "imagery" not only will your mind drift slowly into peace, but your body will slowly release the tension as well.
June 22nd, 2015 4:44am
Place your hand over your heart and inhale for a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 5. Repeat until you feel calmer.
November 9th, 2015 6:33pm
Tell yourself that your feelings and emotions always increase if you focus on them. Instead: Try convincing yourself, that everything is alright. That there is no danger. Maybe you can find a breathing technique that can calm you down even more. Or search for blue items in your surrounding. (Blue has a calming effect)
July 18th, 2016 2:06pm
My psychiatrist once told me that getting yourself busy serves as an excellent way to distract yourself from anxious thoughts. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I try to occupy myself with some sort of work- it can be as mundane as cleaning my room. I sometimes do something constructive like baking, or taking my dog out for a walk. Sometimes, I also read to keep my thoughts engaged in a fictional person's life. I have realised, reading helps me a lot.
April 11th, 2015 10:53pm
just breathe. dont focus on anything else other than breathing. concentrate on that. deep, long breathes usually do the trick.
April 30th, 2015 2:37am
take deep breathing, track down your heart rate. If you have the opportunity go outside and get some fresh air, it'll help you empty your mind.
May 9th, 2015 9:18pm
Just keep breathing. That is the only things I've found works when you feel like that. As long as you keep breathing, everything else will eventually sort itself out.
May 24th, 2015 7:16pm
as you breathe and not actually fight your negative emotions to go away and try to accept that this is what you are going through at the moment, you can find the pressure lessening. you can notice that what you are experiencing is just a response that your body is giving to a certain situation, along with a whole kind of other things that your body is doing at that time. this will make it easier for you to contain what's inside you instead of the emotion containing/overtaking you.
July 20th, 2015 7:33pm
Take yourself to a quiet place, away from people and away from your situation. Breathe deeply and remember that what you are experiencing is temporary; it will pass. If you need to, sit down and steady yourself for a moment. If music helps you to bring yourself back to the present moment then use it.
July 27th, 2015 2:47am
I personally either do a quick "Yoga with Adriene" flow video (on YouTube. She's amazing), or do any video that teaches lion's breath.
October 26th, 2015 3:48am
Personally, I believe that a great approach to calm myself when emotions overtake me is to view things in a different perspective. There is more to life than the emotions I feel. If I view these emotions negative, in an instance. They will affect me negatively. If I view these emotions positively/ constructively and turn these emotions into something that will help me become emotionally stronger in the future. I can avoid being overtaken by these emotions.
January 11th, 2016 2:01pm
I am thinking about my majestic future after then I become calmer. Also i am trying to avoid from problems in my head.
March 28th, 2016 12:38am
To calm yourself when you feel like you are about to faint or that the emotions are overtaking you, I would recommend taking some deep breaths and even going into a nice, quiet area, if possible. I know how it feels when your emotions are taking over you.
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May 9th, 2016 1:41am
Always good to give yourself some space and time to deal. Move away from the crowd and get to a private place to deal 1st before joining the crowd again.
July 18th, 2016 2:38pm
Don't forget to breathe. Focus on that if you have to. From there, I like to find something to distract myself with. My favorite childhood movie, or a good TV show. Sometimes even some relaxing, positive music helps. Or maybe you like drawing or writing or reading. Find something that calms you down and makes you happy.
August 8th, 2016 2:59am
Just remember to take deep breaths and go to a quiet spot. If all else fails you can always speak to a close friend or relative about what's going on.
January 9th, 2017 7:48am
It is good firstly to notice those moments, what exactly happens in these moments. Then except these all emotions and not judge yourself or feel bad about it. Except them as joy, surprise that they are just emotions nothing bad about the. Then if it is possible sitting down and deep breathing - counting till 6 inhale pause for 4 seconds than exhale counting till 8 and pausing again. So, is good to do some for minutes. Than if there is some water you can drink a little and start rethink the whole situation, try to see the cause of this unpleasant emotions and step by step deal with them. Remember you are in control of your emotions, not they are controlling you! And you might need to consider is it anxiety and which type, read about anxiety and see where you at. There might be test in internet to see how you are doing in controlling it. It is always good to deal with anxiety because it can be hard living with it. Therapist could help you in that. I wish you all the best and hope you find solution soon!
March 21st, 2017 7:38pm
I press the tips of my 4 fingers to my sternum or lightly press my fist against my chest and take as many deep breaths as possible to bring me back/ keep me focused. I remind myself that whatever is troubling me is only temporary.
August 1st, 2017 3:20pm
Have a seat, take a deep breath, and drink some water if you must. If you have someone you trust with you, then tell them what you feel. Sometimes you'll feel better after telling someone how you feel. Or if you're not comfortable with sharing what you feel, just ask them to be there and comfort you.
August 29th, 2017 11:43pm
I believe that the answer that everyone can relate to when it comes to dealing with stress is engaging in activities that you enjoy (eg. hobbies) and/or finding some time for yourself to relax and rest. A more specific answer with regards to calming myself during an overwhelming situation in both my emotions and physiological state (fainting), I try to physically remove myself and find the closest environment where there will be no distracting stimuli and give myself time to recover. There was an interesting incident where I was taking hip hop classes during my adolescent years and due to my issue with low blood pressure, blood was not rushing to my brain, causing me to feel dizzy, blind, and had a few heart palpitations. I tried my best to remove myself from the dancing studio (outside the studio) and sat on the floor with one knee up so I can recover blood flow to my brain. Psychologically, having my extremities curl closer to my heart and head makes me feel at ease (similar to the fetal sleep position but being upright).
November 13th, 2017 4:30pm
Sit or lie down (preferably lie down) on the floor or a bed in a quiet space for a few minutes. Think about something distracting, and take, long, deep breaths while doing so.
April 30th, 2018 7:19pm
It’s always best to take a seat when you’re feeling a bit light headed. Take a second away from the world. Take a couple of breaths. Stand up and seize the day!
August 21st, 2018 11:47pm
When I feel like I’m about to faint or I’m overtaken by the emotions inside me, i sit down and focus on my breathing. Once i’ve got my breathing on track. I remind myself of my happiest memories. If i’m feeling good enough, I will get up and put some music on to help calm me. Personally, i like indie music as it’s very calming. After i put the music on, I usually sit back down with my head in my hands in the dark and just think about the most positive things I can think of and, instead of thinking about what i’m currently going through and the bad things in my life, i try to focus on what i’m thankful for. I know it can be hard to focus on the positives but just things like food, a roof over my head, having an education etc. It helps to calm me.
June 11th, 2019 9:32am
Take a deep breath and try to focus on the way your body starts to move with each step of this process. Do not rush it, inhale and exhale as slowly as you can. When you're feeling calmer, try to remind yourself that these feelings are not you, they don't define you and you don't have to fight them. Just observe them, watch them fade away like clouds in the sky with every breath you take. Emotions are temporary and they're not going to destroy you or your soul, they will fade away, they have and they always do.