Preparing for an exam? Late for a job interview? Just realised you forgot to wish your spouse (read wife) on your anniversary yet again? Go easy on the nails and read on for some science-backed ways to help you with Stress Management.
Listen to music
Stress causes your heart rate to increase and blood pressure to rise. A study conducted by Daniel J. Levitin, an American psychologist and neuroscientist show that listening to music can reduce cortisol (stress hormone) level in your body. We recommend a soothing track rather than a heart pumping one.
A scent for stress relief
The fragrance of Lavender has been known to be effective for lowering heart rate and putting the mind at ease. According to research published by the University of Maryland Medical Center, Lavender produces calming and soothing effects when its scent is inhaled. Light Lavender scented candles or carry Lavender scented body lotion or body oil for a quick dab for Stress Management.
This may come as a surprise but research suggests that chewing gum can be a quick fix for reducing stress. A study conducted at Cardiff University, UK shows that chewing gum can lower the level of stress hormone cortisol and also promote relaxation. However, choose your brand wisely as some can contain high amounts of sugar, which means excessive calories.
Laugh it off
This is no Joke! Laughing triggers the release of feel good chemicals in the brain, called endorphins, just like when you exercise. Further, a study indicates that laughing lowers the level of cortisol, thus making you feel at ease. Stress Management was never easier! 🙂
Visualization or guided imagery helps divert attention from what is stressing you to happier thoughts and emotions. According to renowned psychologist Harry L. Mills, imagining yourself in a peaceful and beautiful location, doing things that make you happy, can reduce the level of cortisol and make you feel calm. Find yourself a peaceful spot, close your eyes and let your imagination take over.
Agreed, this might sound a bit cliché. But as per Harvard Medical School, deep breathing helps lower the heart rate and blood pressure. So sit back and exhale the stress out of your system.
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