How to Loosen Up

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How to Loosen Up

This article was co-authored by Michael Dickerson, PsyD. Michael Dickerson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 6 years of experience working in college counseling. He specializes in anxiety, OCD, and men's mental health. Michael holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from The Wright Institute in Berkeley CA.

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Have people been telling you that you're too uptight? Do you feel like you can never loosen up, even when everyone around you is being silly and having a good time? Do you wish you knew how to take a joke? If so, then it's time to put on those sweatpants, cast those worries aside, and learn to loosen up! If you want to know how to go from being a nail-biting worrywart to the girl on the beach with no cares other than when the sun will go down, then see Step 1 to get started.

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Co-authored by:Michael Dickerson, PsyDLicensed Clinical PsychologistThis article was co-authored by Michael Dickerson, PsyD. Michael Dickerson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 6 years of experience working in college counseling. He specializes in anxiety, OCD, and men's mental health. Michael holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from The Wright Institute in Berkeley CA.This article has been viewed 215,337 times.2 votes - 100%Co-authors:24Updated: December 30, 2021Views: 215,337Categories: Featured Articles | Enjoying LifeArticle SummaryX

Trying to loosen up may seem like a tough challenge, but there are some easy steps you can take to help you relax. Make time during your day to laugh, whether it’s by watching a comedy show or silly videos on YouTube. You should also do fun activities with your friends from time to time, such as going bowling or playing games. Hanging out and relaxing with other people will make it easier for you to chill out. If you feel yourself getting uptight at any point, try stepping outside for a few minutes. Sometimes, just getting a breath of fresh air can help you cool down. When you think about how other people behave, try to avoid having strict expectations, since you can’t control them. For example, don’t assume that everyone will turn up on time to your party, because you’ll only be disappointed if they don’t. Instead, accept that many different things may happen, like some people not being able to come or several friends turning up an hour late. For tips on how to learn to take a joke without overreacting, read on!

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