August 15 is National Relaxation Day. But we know that letting go of the things that stress you is easier said than done. So here are some super-quick ways to relax today and every day.
Tilting your head back to stare at the sky automatically stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system. The result: a relaxation cocktail of slowed breath and lowered blood pressure.
Eat a Mango
This juicy fruit is full of linalool, which is proven to reduce stress levels.
From a patch of grass to a real live park, studies show that being outside near a green space instantly boosts your mood and helps you relax.
Write down a quick list of the things you are grateful for today, from waking up this morning to getting to work safely (and on time). Focusing on gratitude has a way of putting things into perspective.
Chew a Piece of Gum
Whether you favor mint or bubble gum, chewing for just a few minutes drops anxiety levels and obliterates cortisol, a stress hormone.
Do Some Jumping Jacks
Exercising — even just for a minute — gets your feel-good endorphins flowing and beats back stress.
Write About It
Grab a piece of paper — or open your Notes app — and write very quickly how you feel. Experts say journaling makes your toughest emotions easier to process and lowers your anxiety about them.
Listen to Beyoncé
Whether you are a “Hold Up” or a “Halo” kind of girl, listening to your favorite song is an easy way to switch up your mood. Bonus relaxation points if you loudly sing along.
Fix Your Posture
Standing and sitting up straight is linked to pushing away stress.
Drink Some Tea
The green variety contains theanine, which not only helps you relax, but facilitates deeper sleep and prompts calm responses to new stressors.
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