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How to Relive Stress Instantly

By , May 14, 2013

Scream, shout and let it all out! We all have stressful days, nothing is going right – bad hair day – bad work day – bad life day! Take 10 minutes out for yourself and try one, or all, of instant de-stress techniques.

  • Take three deep breaths—5 seconds in, 5 seconds out—to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones.
  • Sing a favourite song. You’ll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good.
  • Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens your jaw, where you often store stress.
  • At work, walk over to someone’s desk to talk, go to the water cooler, force yourself to move. It will relieve physical tension.
  • Try scream therapy: Let out a shout in your car or in a field. You’ll feel better afterward!
  • Think about the person who is stressing you out. Are they under pressure? Empathy helps defuse tension.
  • Eat a bowl of oatmeal. Carbs help you produce serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical. And it’s high in fiber, so your body will absorb it slowly, prolonging the boost.
  • At work, take the scenic route to the bathroom. The walk will energize you.
  • Get enough sleep. When you’re tired, problems can seem larger than life.



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