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- Chew a Stick of Gum
Researchers from Australia and England found that in moments of stress, gum chewers felt less anxious and had 18 percent less cortisol (the stress hormone) in their saliva. Chewing increases blood flow to the brain, which may make us feel more alert and it may also distract us from stressors,
- Brew Some Black Tea
People who drank four servings of black tea a day for six weeks were able to de-stress faster and had lower levels of cortisol after a stressful day, according to a study from University College London. Chemical compounds in the antioxidant-packed beverage may relax us through their effect on neurotransmitters in the brain.
- Put Pen to Paper
Writing about a stressful event for just 20 minutes on a daily basis, lowered levels of perceived stress. Putting feelings on paper appears to organize thoughts, helping us process unpleasant experiences and release negative emotions.
- Put on Music You Love
Music can elicit positive emotions and reduce your levels of stress hormones. patients who listened to songs of their choice were less anxious before surgery. Boost your mood even more by dancing along to trigger the release of endorphins.
- Clean House
Housework's repetitive nature that can help release tension. Get lost in the rhythm of folding clothes or vacuuming, which can disrupt stressful thought patterns and trigger the body's relaxation response. So start cleaning!