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Monday, May 14, 2012

De-Stress in 5 Minutes or Less

Here are some great tips and tricks to help you de-stress in 5 minutes or less:

When the body absorbs sunlight, it enhances the effect of mood-stabilizing chemicals like serotonin. Open the curtains during the day.

Take a virtual vacation. Close your eyes and visualize being on a luxury ocean liner. Feel the rhythm of the waves and inhale the smell of the ocean.

Jump rope. Jumping rope for 20 minutes triggers your body to release feel-good endorphins, and its repetitive motion makes you relaxed and focused.

Play music that brings up good memories. Many people find they have a visceral reaction to something they heard in their youth.

Breathe deeply. touch your middle finger and thumb together on each hand to signal to yourself that I should stop what I'm doing and take a deep, cleansing breathe. You can do it wherever you are - in the grocery store or at a conference.

When upset, recite the alphabet backwards. You really have to concentrate on the letters, so by the time you get to "P", you've forgotten what was bothering you.

Lie across several stairs upside down. It has something to do with all that blood rushing to your head. It totally changes your outlook and mood.

Use lavender essential oil to get calm. Put it in a plug-in diffuser or add a few drops to distilled water in a spray bottle and spritz it on yourself and all over the house.

Laugh it off: laughter lowers your levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. so go ahead and giggle out loud, it'll make you feel better.

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