1. Laugh, even if it’s forced. It’s true what they say: laughter is the best medicine. A good chuckle stimulates circulation and soothes tension in your body. Laughter is also known to reduce levels of your stress hormone, cortisol. So, it’s scientific! Tell a joke, make a funny face, or fake laugh until it turns into uncontrollable laughter. I dare you to try it!
  1. Treat yourself to some dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has been found to decrease the stress-related hormone, Glucocorticoid. So stock up on your favorite dark chocolate but ensure it’s at least 70% cacao.
  2. Dance like nobody’s watching. You might not be home alone, but convince your family to join in on the fun too! Challenge your kids or significant other to a dance-off and create routines that can be performed right in your living room. If you’d like to do something a little less formal, put on your favorite song and just start moving and grooving. Once those endorphins kick in, you’ll be feeling better in no time. When the body feels good, the mind does too.
  3. Give someone a big bear hug. Human contact is an automatic stress relief, so give your loved ones a big bear hug. A warm embrace has been related to the release of Oxytocin, often called “the bonding hormone,” so not only will you feel better, but the ones you’re hugging will too.
  4. Smell your partner’s shirt. It might sound weird or even creepy at first, but research from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology proves that the scent of a romantic partner has been found to help lower stress levels. So try wearing your partner’s shirt to bed. Or if you’re in a long-distance relationship, swap shirts the next time you see one another.
  5. Take a trip to the dog park. Pets have healing powers, literally! Petting animals is proven to increase the release of feel-good endorphins and reduce your heart rate. A study also found that conducting complex tasks becomes less stressful when a pet is present.
  6. Have a picnic and pack a slice of watermelon. Gather your friends and family together for a picnic! Consider hosting one outside in your backyard or at a local park or beach. Wherever you do decide to lay out a blanket, be sure to pack a slice of watermelon. This sweet fruit contains lycopene, which is linked to stress relief.
  7. Try your hand at gardening. Gardening serves as a calming activity that will give you a break from everyday stress. Plus, it helps you to get your daily dose of sunshine. Nurturing something outside of yourself will help distract you from your own negative thoughts and pressing matters causing anxiety. Pick a few flowers to plant, then tend to and watch them bloom before your eyes.
  8. Write yourself a positive message. Your desk is bound to be filled with notepads and a container of pens, so grab one and jot down a positive note about yourself. Try “I am the best [insert what you do].” Our brains are constantly running, and there’s a high percentage of our thoughts that are negative. Cancel out that negative self talk with something positive.
  9. Get a desk diffuser. Did you know that scents can have an impact on your stress levels? Grab a desk diffuser and try out lavender essential oils for stress relief or another scent that reminds you of someone special. 

I hope you enjoyed this article, and it provided new ideas for you to melt your stress away. Leave a comment below with what worked best for you! Namaste. 

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Ravina Chandra

After completing my Nursing degree and launching into my career, I soon discovered that ‘Preventative Health’ is what saves us from the pain and suffering that accompanies illness and premature aging.

I now assist older adults in finding balance in mind & body, and mentoring them to align with their core values, their loves, their hopes, and their dreams. I look forward to our time together.

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