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Easy Ways to Relax Quickly

Posted Sep 19 2012 4:16pm

Easy Ways to Relax Quickly

Filed under: Healthy Ideas
September 19, 2012

Food and Drink

  • Sip on some green tea – It is a good source of L-Theanine, which helps relieve anger. You can even try ginseng tea too for more energy.
  • Snack on chocolate –A square of dark chocolate can help regulate the stress hormone, Cortisol and even stabilize metabolism.
  • Try a spoonful of honey – It will produce compounds to fight inflammation, reduce anxiety, and depression.
  • Snack on crunchy snacks—Studies showed that stressed individuals tend to crave salty snacks more than usual. However, it does not have to be packed with calories. Try some trail mix or a bag of celery sticks.
  • Chew gum – Just a few minutes of chewing can help reduce anxiety and lower stress levels.
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar –The temporary highs they provide is often followed by a crash in mood and energy. Limiting them can help you relax and sleep better.

Activities

  • Try yoga—It will promote peace of mind, as well as stretch your body.
  • Go for a walk – It will increase focuses and provide you with much needed quiet time. Take a 20 minute walk next time your day gets stressful.
  • Stretch often – Stress can cause a lot of tension in your body that can be counteracted with some gentle stretching that can even provide natural endorphin boosting effects.
  • Get active – If you’re feeling stressed then go for a run or hit the gym. It will help your body release mood boosting chemicals that reduce anxiety and increase mental well being.
  • Meditate – Take five minutes to clear your mind in a silent environment, while concentrating on your breathing.
  • Get enough sleep – Not sleeping enough can make you tired, stressed and irrational.

Entertainment

  • Listen to your favorite music – You know how certain songs can instantly put you in a good mood.
  • Use a notebook to clean out your brain – Every night just write down all your accomplishments, frustrations, and future tasks before you sleep so you don’t think about them all night.
  • Read an interesting book or watch a TV series – It’s a great way to relax and focus on something else for a while.
  • Dance and let loose – It just feels good, whether you’re in crowd or home alone.
  • Pamper yourself – This is one of the best  ways to unwind. You can either do it yourself, with a bath, face mask, and some candles, or if your budget allows, you can have others pamper you at a local health spa.
  • Talk to a friend – Sometimes it can feel good to vent about a particular problem. So call a close friend, coworker, or family member.
  • Get a hand massage – It will help relieve a lot of tension. You can even do it yourself and use some smell good lotion.
  • Take a bubble bath – light a candle, throw in good smelling bath salts and hop in. it will help calm your mind and relax.

 

Your Mind

  • Change your mindset – focus on yourself before others without feeling guilty. If you don’t treat yourself well, how are you supposed to be your best with others?
  • Spend time alone – Just 5-10 minutes alone can help you collect your thoughts and clear your mind.
  • Organize yourself—Reduce clutter in your home, office, and car to reduce stress.
  • Express your feelings instead of bottling them up – When something is bothering you, try to communicate your feelings in an open and respectable way.
  • Focus on the positive – when you feel down, take a moment to think of the things you appreciate in life.

 

Sources:

http://greatist.com/happiness/relaxation-tips-5-minutes/

http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/top-10-ways-to-relax-us-en/#pagination-top

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/stress-management/14-ways-to-relax-93568

 

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