Are you feeling very happy? Experiencing a very exciting event is a special thing, for example, someone you like suddenly asks you out or gets the news that you have been hired. Whatever the reason, there are several ways to control excitement that you can learn through this article.
Part 1 of 3: Distracting Yourself from the Joy
Step 1. Do a fun activity
To take your mind off the excitement, do an activity that you enjoy, for example: playing a challenging video game, playing ball with the neighbors, cycling with your brother or sister, watching YouTube videos, looking for a new movie on Netflix, or doing whatever feels good.
- Channeling joy through positive, fun activities can calm you down and take your mind off the excitement you're feeling.
- Researchers say that people who never have fun are more likely to commit crimes, become obese, and lose creativity. Even if you're not looking for a distraction, make good use of your playtime like you're working.
Step 2. Use artistic activities as a way of distracting yourself from what sparks joy
There are many good and bad ways to distract yourself. Harnessing joy for creative purposes is a productive and healthy way to pass the time.
- The options available to be creative are endless, for example: taking cooking lessons, writing short stories, writing poetry, composing songs, coloring pictures, painting, taking pictures of things in the house.
- Performing artistic activities helps you release or channel excess energy from your body. Many people find it difficult to express their joy verbally, but they can express their feelings physically by engaging in artistic activities.
Step 3. Complete household tasks
Take the opportunity to forget the triggers of excitement for a moment by letting your hands get dirty and move. When you get home, make a list of household chores or other activities that need to be done and get to work.
- Get busy and keep moving so you don't get carried away by the excitement, for example by sweeping dry leaves, watering the lawn, washing the car, washing clothes, dusting the fan.
- Prioritize household chores on your to-do list to distract yourself, even if it's a little less fun. A number of studies conducted to find out the benefits of doing household chores show that teenagers who do household chores themselves tend to be more responsible, have more respect for themselves, and are better able to deal with frustration.
Step 4. Share your joy by volunteering
When we feel happy, we have the ability to improve the mood of those around us. Use your excess energy by being a positive influence on others.
People tend to be easily influenced by the feelings of others around them. Therefore, you can share positive energy by reading stories or making crafts with the elderly in nursing homes, patients in hospitals, or orphanage children. They will enjoy the benefits of the joy you are feeling and you can channel the joy yourself in a positive way
Step 5. Start experiencing things that make you happy
The best way to channel excess energy is to do what excites you. If you're excited about being hired or about to go on vacation, you still can't speed things up, but there are things you can do.
- If you want to get to work quickly, enjoy the excitement of being prepared. Search the internet for information about your job or go to the mall to buy work clothes that suit your position in your new workplace.
- If you're excited about going on vacation, start preparing now. Make a travel plan or make a schedule of activities during the holidays. Search for information about the location you are going to visit via Google. Make a note of the things you must prepare before leaving.
Part 2 of 3: Using Calming Techniques
Step 1. Breathe deeply to calm your emotions
Breathing deeply is an effective way to focus your mind and calm yourself down. This exercise makes your body experience natural relaxation. You can do this exercise sitting, standing, or lying down.
- Start by breathing normally and then take a deep breath through your nose for a count of 4. Hold your breath for about 2 counts and then exhale through your mouth for 4 counts. Do this exercise for a few minutes until you feel calmer.
- You can practice breathing while saying positive sentences, for example by saying to yourself "I am the embodiment of calm" over and over again while taking deep breaths.
Step 2. Meditate to consciously control excitement
You can calm your mind and control over-excitement by doing mindfulness meditation. You may think of meditation as a boring activity or that it is impossible for you to sit still when you are overjoyed. For beginners, meditation may seem challenging, but its benefits are widespread. Practicing meditation can relieve stress, improve concentration, increase awareness in daily activities, and reduce mental chatter that hinders productivity.
- Sit comfortably in a chair or cross-legged on the floor using a mat. Breathe deeply and calmly. Direct your attention to the present by focusing on the various sensations that arise due to the influence of the environment around you.
- As you breathe, pay attention to the sounds you hear, how your body feels when sitting in a chair, or focus your gaze on the blank wall in front of you. If your mind wanders, redirect it to what you're paying attention to.
Step 3. Imagine that you are in a calm or relaxed state
When visualizing, you should focus on relaxing conditions to create a sense of calm. Like other self-soothing techniques, the benefits of visualization go beyond relaxation. This mental exercise can also increase motivation, physical performance, self-confidence, and direct your mind to success. Here's how to do it:
- Sit in a quiet, comfortable room and breathe deeply. Close your eyes and imagine a place that makes you feel calm, whether in a real location or just in your imagination, such as a beautiful beach or a calm river.
- Activate your senses to notice smells, tastes, sounds, or physical touches that come up when you imagine a quiet place.
- You can visualize while listening to a voice that guides your imagination step by step. Look for visualization exercise guides on YouTube or download them from health or stress control websites.
Part 3 of 3: Burning Excess Energy
Step 1. Exercise to burn off excess energy and calm yourself down
Excitement can cause stress both mentally and physically. Doing physical activity that engages the mind and body will bring a sense of calm afterwards. If you are overjoyed, overcome the overexcitement and relax yourself by exercising.
- Take time to walk or run for 20 minutes. Even if it's short, you don't need to do too much exercise to deal with stress.
- To get rid of mental chatter, do more vigorous exercise, such as playing soccer, doing aerobics, or practicing yoga to increase strength.
Step 2. Go out into the open for some fresh air so you can change your mindset
Staying indoors can make it difficult for you to free your mind from the triggers of excitement. Stop your activities first to enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Doing activities outside the home makes us happier. Scientific research has shown that short walks can reduce stress, improve the way you view life, improve your ability to recover from illness, and improve your ability to concentrate (which you can use from now on).
- You can do outdoor activities alone or invite a friend to help distract you, such as taking a walk in the park or playing ball in the backyard.
Step 3. Listen to the music you like while dancing
You can do a task to soft music or play your favorite song and then start moving your feet, jumping up and down, clapping, shouting, or dancing.
- Moving the body by dancing to the rhythm of the music will trigger endorphins that make us feel comfortable.
- However, you will also find it beneficial by exhausting your body to cope with excessive excitement. After dancing, you may feel like taking a break.
- Do not consume caffeine before bed at night.
- Channel your energy through productive activities that benefit your family, friends, neighbors, school, etc.
- Relax by taking a warm bath while lighting a candle or cuddling your beloved fat cat (if you have one).