Relieving stress doesn’t have to be a complicated or time-serious process. There are numerous quick and easy ways to help you relax and let go of pressure.
1. DRINK A CUP OF GREEN TEA.
An amino acid found in green tea can reduce your body’s stress response when faced with a difficult situation. Researchers believe green tea may act on your nervous system to produce this calming effect.
2. SNIFF AN ORANGE.
A 2012 study found that inhaling the scent of an orange can significantly reduce your stress levels. You can try orange essential oil to relieve tension, or simply slice open a fresh orange and enjoy the scent. Researchers used the essential oil of Citrus sinensis, which is the regular sweet or navel orange that is widely available fresh and used for juice.
Any repetitive movement, such as walking, bouncing a ball, drawing and coloring, knitting, or riding a bike, can help you relax. The repetition allows your mind to focus on the activity rather than any stressful thoughts or worries.
4. SOLVE A PUZZLE.
Concentrating on a mental task like solving a crossword puzzle is great for relaxation. It engages the prefrontal cortex of your brain, which appears to help your body regulate anxiety levels during stressful times. Try a book of Sudoku or word search puzzles, or check out various games online.
5. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE SONG.
An Australian study found that listening to music while you’re doing something difficult can help calm your body’s stress responses, including lowering anxiety, blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels.
6. STRETCH IT OUT.
If you find yourself fidgeting in your office chair or rubbing your shoulders, it might be a good time to stop for a quick stretch break. Participants in a University of Kentucky study reported feeling happier and less tense following a short stretching routine. Try some of these simple stretches for starters.
7. GIVE YOUR HAND A MASSAGE.
You don’t need a full-body massage to beat stress. A hand massage is shown to increase relaxation and reduce anxiety. If you receive a hand massage from another person, it can also improve communication and affection between the two of you. Exchanging hand massages with a friend is a great option, but PopSugar also describes how you can easily give yourself a hand massage.
8. BREATHE DEEPLY.
This is likely the easiest technique you can do. Simply taking a few deep breaths has been shown to slow down your heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormone levels. The trick is to make sure you breathe into your tummy and lower abdomen. This allows your lungs to fill completely, bringing more oxygen into your body.