Quick Ways to Calm a Racing Heart

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You don’t need us to tell you that life is stressful. Although some stress can be a motivating factor, too much can also make you feel completely overwhelmed. A racing heart is an indicator that you may be feeling too stressed — here are some ways to help slow down your pulse. 

Practice Deep Breathing

Taking deep breaths is one of the quickest ways to lower your heart rate. Sit down in a quiet place if possible and take a deep breath in through your nose, filling your lungs with air. Hold your breath for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this for a few minutes, focusing only on your breath.

The 4-7-8 Technique

This breathing technique involves inhaling for four seconds, holding your breath for seven seconds, and then exhaling for eight seconds. It should help to lower your heart rate quickly and effectively.


Using essential oils has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety. Lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang are excellent for relaxation and just a few drops in a diffuser can work wonders. You can rub a few drops onto your temples and wrists if you’re out and about when your heart rate rises.