Instead of falling into the overwhelming, consider these stress-busting tactics to reduce it a little, all in just 60 seconds or less, get a quick workout. Calm your senses with relaxing scents. Texas psychiatrist Gregory Scott Brown, MD, suggests the 4-7-8 approach. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, then breathe out for 8 seconds.
Drip cold water on your wrists When stress hits, go to the bathroom and drop some cold water on your wrists and behind your earlobes. In addition to using the eye of your mind to visualize a happy place, you can use your sense of sight to look at relaxing images. Cat videos on the Internet have been scientifically proven to reduce stress. Science shows that massages reduce stress, but you don't have to go to the spa, you can give yourself one right now.
Turns out science says there's something in the need for “fresh air, even opening a window can help bring more oxygen to your brain, relieving stress. There is evidence that just two quick sessions of silent meditation per day can relieve stress and depression. Both include physical and so-called “meditative” movements to relieve stress and lower blood pressure. A very easy but effective posture that is excellent for reducing stress and anxiety is the child's posture, also known in Balasana.
According to two recent studies from Loma Linda University, eating dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa can reduce stress and improve memory, immunity and mood. For fans of alternative medicine, there are many soothing drops designed to combat stress. Apply some lotion and start kneading the base of the muscle under your thumb to relieve tension in your shoulders, neck, and scalp. When you start to accelerate, stress hormones flood your body and you enter fight or flight mode.
The so-called “fight or flight response” is activated to prepare you to run, and that generates stress. Repeating a mantra is actually a type of meditation that can make you more resistant to stress, according to research published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine. Taking a few seconds when you feel stressed to check your posture and sit upright (like your mother told you) can help you feel better.