Anxiety doesn’t just disappear the instant that summer hits, and the surge of summer activities can actually aggravate stress levels. So if you’ve hit a wall this summer and desperately need some help getting back on track, try some of these helpful hints to calm your body and your spirit.
Not only does laughing rip right through those calories, it also reduces stress hormones, boosts the immune system and even lowers blood pressure. So when the steam starts coming out of your ears, plop down in front of some funny cat videos or your favorite sitcom for some comic relief. (via Care2 Healthy Living)
Carbs set off seratonin, a chemical that helps sooth and calm our body. A little carb-packed snack that is low in proteins and fats may be just the boost that you need. Click here for some delicious and healthy recipes. (via TheBody.com)
Studies have shown that acupressure can reduce stress levels by almost 40%. All you have to do is massage between your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds, and voila! Instant relief. (via Women’s Health Magazine)
Nearly 85% of women claim that they feel better after a good, hearty cry. Tears actually rid the body of chemicals that build up during stressful times, so go ahead and let it rain. (via TheBody.com)
Even if it’s just a quick jaunt around the neighborhood, getting out of your house or office will help distance you from your stress and give you a chance to breathe in some fresh air. (via TheBody.com)
Every mom needs a girls’ night out occasionally to blow off some steam. Plus, a study has shown that spending time with close friends can actually reduce your production of cortisol. (via Huffington Post)