When you need fast stress relief, a long spa weekend or talking your tales out on the doc's couch won't cut it. Here are 10 tips, tried and true, that can help bring you immediate release from stress.
Sing a song, or just hum it. Only people in a laid-back, pleasant mood stroll around humming. Making music or listening to it both trigger a biochemical reaction that reduces symptoms of tension.
Light up your room with scented candles. Aromatherapy (lavender in particular), has been linked with lowering stress levels.
While it may not be polite, scientific studies report that gum chewing reduces anxiety and stress, as well as raises alertness and the ability to multi-task smoothly. In one study, gum chewers had lower levels of salivary cortisol when they chomped away during tense situations.
Pucker up and snuggle close. Both hugging and kissing offer enjoyable reprieves from anxiety.
Boil up a kettle of tea. Studies have demonstrated that drinking black tea lowers the amount of