"If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel." --Unknown
Is the above quotation something you could say? We do live in a stress-filled world. With the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, many of us will cause added stress to ourselves by striving for perfection. But our holiday meals and decorations don’t have to be perfect.
Wherever your stress or anxiety comes from, below are some hints that could lessen your stress level:
Open an orange. Certain aromas trigger nostalgic feelings. Some science suggests that the smell of an orange can calm—and even take anxiety out of a dental visit. Some research says that smelling an orange can lessen stress by 70 percent.
Find quiet time. Stressing over something you must do? Your brain needs regular breaks to maintain peak function, so try for 10 to 20 minutes away from your chore every two hours.
Rub down. A massage can send you into a state of mental bliss. Research shows that it can improve your body image, and—in as little as five minutes—ease anxiety.
Unplug as night. Staying constantly tethered to your smart-phone can interfere with your relationships and sleep—both of which are key to a contented, unstressed outlook. One simple change that helps: Stop using your phone as an alarm clock. “It makes it so easy to read and respond to emails after you’ve turned off the alarm in the morning. At that point, you’re working, and stressing, before you’re even out of the bed,” says Christine Carter, author of Sweet Spot.
Break for Youtube. Indulge your Grumpy Cat video habit—or whatever it is that tickles your funny bone. Clips that make you laugh can give you a rush of feel-good endorphins and reduce stress hormones, helping you relax almost instantly.
Try to have stress-free holidays this year. Make your daily goal to be stress-free, one day at a time.
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