Feeling stressed? Here's 20 ways to help you relax ASAP


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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.

1. Drink tea

Studies have shown that cortisol levels (the stress hormone) drop by nearly 50% after a strong cup of black tea. So sit back, relax and sip away. (via Women’s Health Magazine)


2. Do some yoga

Moving through a couple of poses will help you to hone in on your breath and open up your shoulders and neck, relieving all that extra tension. Check out our favorite yoga moves here.


3. Squeeze a stress ball

Just keep squeezing, because this little ball can go a long way in relieving your tension and anxiety. Plus, it can also help to boost your blood circulation. (via Livestrong.com)


4. Laugh

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)


5. Eat some carbs

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)


6. Acupressure

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)


7. Cry it out

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)


8. Have a make-out session

You better go hunt down your hubby for a quick rendezvous, because kissing releasing endorphins, which eliminates feelings of stress and depression. (via Huffington Post)


9. Take a short walk

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)


10. Hang out with friends

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)