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how-to: DE-STRESS in under ONE MINUTE

how to destress in under one minute

WE RARELY HAVE THE TIME TO SLOW DOWN AND RELAX IN OUR BUSY LIVES…

so here are 10 ways to help you de-stress and re-focus in under a minute.


1. Listen to music: Putting some cute headphones on and listening to a favourite song does wonders. Studies have shown that it reduces stress by lowering both your heart rate and blood pressure.
2. Stretch: This is particularly important if you work in an office all day. Taking a moment to lift and stretch your legs or arms for a minute will help blood flow.
3. Move away from the desk: Get your eyes from the computer screen and your fingers off that keyboard. If you need to talk to a colleague, walk to their desk instead of calling them – it gives you a mini break and an opportunity to stretch your legs.
4. Acupressure: Using the thumb and index finger of your right hand, squeeze the tender spot between the thumb and index finger on your left hand. Rub the spot in a circular motion for three seconds and then switch hands.
5. Sit up straight: Having a good posture does more for you than just reducing back pain. Sitting straight with your shoulders back helps increase oxygen intake and flow.
6. Cold water: Cool those stress levels by dripping cold water onto your wrists. This will cool the arteries found underneath the skin of your wrists and calm your body.
7. Sip green tea: The natural antioxidants found in green tea not only help to reduce stress levels, but are also great for our immune systems.
8. Take a breath: Stop your work, close your eyes and concentrate on taking deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth. Count to three with each breathe and imagine breathing the stress out of you.
9. Laugh: There’s nothing like a good belly laugh to make you feel a little better. Take a moment to watch a short Youtube clip you know will get you smiling to increase blood flow and lower stress.
10. Stop and smell the flowers: Studies have shown that scents can significantly affect our moods. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, try using a lavender oil essence to lower tension.
{Source: Madison / Pic: Elle}

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