Here are some stress-busters, straight from the pages of First magazine:
First, the best fix for a stress-filled day is a calm conversation. So, grab a friend and a cup of coffee, and start speaking…
- First, the best fix for a stress-filled day is a calm conversation. So, grab a friend and a cup of coffee, and start speaking slowly and calmly. Speaking slowly forces you to take deeper breaths, allowing you to relax and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. And your chill-out chat will leave you feeling calm, content and in control--
- Then, if you can't stop worrying about things, try this: Soak a washcloth in ice water and apply it to the nape of your neck for 10 minutes. The cold constricts the blood vessels and slows circulation to the head--And that decreases the activity in the stress-storing region of your brain, so you'll be able to silence those anxious thoughts.
- And the final tip to bust through the stress is--Pretend you're at the beach. In other words, when you get home after a tough day at work, slip off your shoes and socks. Then, walk across your cushiest carpet, shuffling your feet and wiggling your toes as you go. Why? The textured surface stimulates pressure points on the soles of your feat, triggering the release of calming hormones that make you feel like you're on vacation. Those work headaches will fade into history, and you'll be ready for a perfectly relaxing evening.