ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Calm Jittery Nerves in a Hurry

Updated on June 15, 2022
revmjm profile image

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

Man is jittery.
Man is jittery.

Being Jittery

To be jittery is to be nervous and tense. There are many reasons a person might feel that way. A student might feel nervous before taking a test. A wife might show signs of being uncomfortable while waiting for the results of a pregnancy test. A man might feel nervous while waiting for his car to be repaired.

No matter what the reason is, people who are stressed might experience some of the same unpleasant feelings of being nervous, edgy, high-strung, jumpy, or uptight. They would do anything to make those feelings go away as soon as possible.

When people are jittery, they might pace the floor, and tap their feet or fingers. They might twirl their hair or bite their nails. However, those things might not provide immediate results, but there are some ways to calm jittery nerves in a hurry.

Woman does breathing exercise to calm jittery nerves.
Woman does breathing exercise to calm jittery nerves.

Pay Attention to Your Breath

Breathing exercises can help a person relax, and they can be done any time at any place. At first, the person might not feel comfortable, but if he keeps at it, he will get the hang of it and feel relaxed very quickly.

There are many different types of breathing exercises, but a simple one is to take a deep, slow breath and exhale. Repeat the process one or more times.

Dr. Mary Coussons-Read, professor of psychology and health and behavioral sciences and associate dean of the University of Colorado in Denver, suggests that if a person feels jittery and nervous, he should sit and take five or 10 deep breaths. She says this will calm jittery nerves immediately.

  • Sit upright.
  • Exhale.
  • Inhale and fill your belly with air.
  • Relax belly muscles.
  • Keep inhaling and fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your rib cage and chest expand.
  • Hold your breath and exhale slowly.
  • Relax rib cage and chest.
  • Relax face muscles and mind.

Woman visualizes about things that make her happy instead of jittery.
Woman visualizes about things that make her happy instead of jittery.

Visualization is like having a vision board in your mind.


To visualize means to form a mental image of something. To visualize something is to simply imagine it in your mind. Some people like to think of it as going to their happy place and having what they want before those things materialize. It is more effective if you see yourself being in those places and having those things.

A happy place can be at any place and with a person you choose, but beaches seem to top the list. As soon as you feel jittery, imagine a happy place in your mind, take a few deep breaths and see how calm you will begin to feel.

Man realizes he can't handle things on his own. Therefore, he prays.
Man realizes he can't handle things on his own. Therefore, he prays.


Prayer is a very helpful and calming exercise for those who believe in the power of communicating with God. When you pray, it might not change the situations around you, but it will change you and your attitude about the situation.

Praying will help you to accept the things around you so you can go about your business in a more relaxed way.

This woman knows the importance of exercising when she is jittery.
This woman knows the importance of exercising when she is jittery.


Dr. Coussons-Read suggests that exercise is good for overall stress and for immediate relaxation. You can use some form of exercise no matter where you are. While you are at work, you can exercise by taking a brief walk in the parking lot around your office building during your lunch hour. Some people have closed their office door done yoga poses or danced to music to calm their jittery nerves.

Surely people at home can find some creative ways to exercise. They can take some jugs of milk or drinks out of the refrigerator to lift up and down.

Exercise can come in the form of housework or gardening. In fact, people who garden on a regular basis say it helps them relax every single time.

Woman is getting a massage to eliminate stress from her body.
Woman is getting a massage to eliminate stress from her body.

Get a Massage

Stress can be in many different parts of your body, such as your shoulders, neck, head, jaws, hands, feet or stomach.

You can schedule an appointment with a massage therapist or you can learn to massage the part of your own body wherever stress has taken up residence in your body.

Woman relaxes in a warm bath to calm her nerves.
Woman relaxes in a warm bath to calm her nerves.

Take a Warm Bath or Shower

There is nothing like heat to calm your nerves. Take a warm bath or shower with your favorites bath oils. Not only will the heat from the warm water provide miracles for your body and nerves, but the smell of the oils you use will be very effective.

Woman breathes in essential oil to relax.
Woman breathes in essential oil to relax.

Use Essential Oils

There are hundreds of different essential oils available for body aches and pains. There are certain ones made especially to calm your nerves and help you relax. Lavender essential oil is the most popular one for immediate results.

Keep lavender essential oil on hand at all times. Some women keep a small bottle of it in their purse or in a desk drawer at work. Both men and women sniff it before or after doing their breathing exercises.

Many people have found that aromatherapy is excellent in the bathroom while they soak in their warm bath. Afterward, they are relaxed without any jittery nerves.

Lavender is the most popular essential oil to calm jittery nerves.
Lavender is the most popular essential oil to calm jittery nerves.

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)