If You Do Any Of These Things, You Probably Need To Chill Out

If You Do Any Of These Things, You Probably Need To Chill Out

No one wants to be the person known for having no chill. They overreact to the most minor inconveniences, take things out of context, and thrive on drama and chaos at every turn. In turn, they’re draining to everyone around them. Whether or not you mean to be that way, if you relate to any of the following, you’re basically the opposite of calm and need to find a way to be a bit more grounded.

1. You’re Quick to React.

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If you find yourself reacting impulsively to situations, especially when you’re under stress, it’s a sign you might not be the calmest person. This means getting easily upset, angry, or frustrated without taking a breath to process what’s happening. If your first instinct is to respond emotionally rather than pausing to think, you definitely lack calmness. Being quick to react often leads to saying or doing things in the heat of the moment that you might regret later.

2. You Struggle to Let Go of Small Annoyances.

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Getting hung up on little things — like a rude comment or someone cutting you off in traffic — might point to not having any chill. If these minor irritations ruin your mood or stick with you throughout the day, it’s a sign you’re not very calm. Calm people tend to brush off these small annoyances because they understand that they’re not worth the emotional energy. Holding onto them is like letting tiny bumps in the road throw you off course.

3. You Have Trouble Sleeping.

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Struggling to fall or stay asleep, especially due to racing thoughts or worries, is a big indicator that calm is missing from your life. If you’re often lying awake at night replaying the day’s events or stressing about tomorrow, it’s a sign your mind isn’t at peace. A calm mind tends to lead to better rest as it’s free of constant worry and overthinking. Isn’t that better than the alternative?

4. You Often Feel Overwhelmed.

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Feeling overwhelmed by everyday tasks or minor changes in plans can be a sign of a personality that’s the opposite of calm. If small disruptions or a slightly busier schedule make you feel incredibly stressed and anxious, it suggests you’re struggling to find a balance. Calm people typically handle unexpected changes or busy periods with a level head, seeing them as manageable challenges rather than insurmountable obstacles. (Just FYI, if you often feel overwhelmed, especially when it comes to dating, you’ll want to visit our sister site, Sweetn. They have some amazing tips and tricks that can help you with this issue and more. Your love life will be much better for it, so have a look.)

5. You Can’t Sit Still.

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If you find it hard to sit still and you constantly need to fidget or move, it might be a sign of inner restlessness, which is the opposite of calmness. This could manifest as constantly tapping your foot, needing to always be doing something, or feeling agitated when you have to sit quietly. Calm people tend to be comfortable with stillness and can be at peace even in quiet, inactive moments.

6. You’re Always Expecting the Worst.

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If you have a habit of expecting the worst in every situation — also known as catastrophic thinking — you’re likely not a very calm person. This mindset inevitably leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety, as you’re always bracing for something bad to happen. Calmness involves having a more balanced view of situations, recognizing that while things can go wrong, they often don’t turn out as badly as you’re probably afraid of.

7. You Often Interrupt People When They’re Talking.

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If you find yourself regularly interrupting people during conversations, it might be a sign you’re not very calm. This habit can stem from an eagerness to get your point across or a restless mind that can’t wait for its turn to speak. Calm people are usually better listeners and allow others to finish their thoughts before responding.

8. You Constantly Check Your Phone.

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Constantly checking your phone, especially in social situations or when you’re supposed to be relaxing, indicates a serious lack of chill. It suggests that you’re super antsy and always looking for the next distraction rather than being present in the moment. Calm people tend to engage more fully with the here and now rather than feeling the need to be glued to their devices all the time.

9. You Find It Hard to Enjoy the Moment.

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If you struggle to enjoy experiences because you’re always thinking about what’s next or what else you could be doing, it’s a sign you might not be very calm. This includes not being able to fully relax on a day off or feeling guilty for not being productive. Calm people have the ability to take things in stride and find it easier to enjoy the present without constant worry about the future.

10. You’re Prone to Mood Swings.

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Experiencing frequent and intense mood swings can be a sign of a non-calm personality. If you find your emotions swinging from high to low regularly, it may be because your mind is in a constant state of flux rather than being at peace. People who are generally calm tend to have more stable and consistent moods because they know how to regulate them a bit better.

11. You Have a Low Tolerance for Frustration.

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If you find yourself getting frustrated easily by things like waiting in line, traffic, or slow internet, you’re probably not very calm. This low tolerance suggests an inability to deal with minor inconveniences patiently. Calm people typically handle these kinds of situations better, specifically by not letting them significantly impact their mood or day.

12. You Feel the Need to Control Everything.

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Feeling the need to control every aspect of your life, including situations and other people, can be a sign of someone who lacks any level of chill. This need for control often comes from a place of anxiety and restlessness. Calm people are usually more comfortable with letting go and accepting that not everything can be controlled.

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Gail is Bolde's social media and partnership manager, as well as an all-around behind-the-scenes renaissance woman. She worked for more than 25 years in her city's local government before making the switch to women's lifestyle and relationship sites, initially at HelloGiggles before making the switch to Bolde.