If you are feeling stressed out, pop some gum in your mouth! Chewing gum is known to reduce anxiety and lower cortisol levels. In one study, they found that people who chewed gum twice a day for two weeks were less stressed than those who didn’t chew any gum at all.
Go out and put some plants in your home. Surrounding yourself with plants is known to make you feel happier and will help you relax. Studies have shown that entering a room with plants can lower your blood pressure, can help you breathe easier and can make you more productive.
You know that wonderful fresh grass smell? If you are feeling overwhelmed, mow your lawn. If you don’t have a lawn, mow someone elses lawn! There is a chemical released by a mowed lawn that makes people feel happy and relaxed.
We all know that music can brighten up any bad mood. But listening to classical music can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and can reduce levels of stress hormones. So next time you are freaking out, put on those headphones and chill.
If you find yourself sitting in front of a screen all day, and then you go home and sit in front of a screen all day than you are making your bad mood even worse. The artificial light messes with your melatonin production and your circadian rhythms which can affect your sleep. Too much time in front of a screen can also make you depressed and can affect your mood.
There was a study done at the City University of London that found that a cup of tea can reduce stress by up to 25 percent. Some types of tea can reduce stress more than others. Try to sip on teas like green tea that contain L-theanine.
You know that stereotype where the person is blowing into a paper bag, breathing heavily in their therapist’s office? Well, that’s not just a silly joke. Research shows that when someone is stressed out they breathe too quickly. Breathing into a bag a few times can increase the amount of carbon dioxide in your body and can make you feel more relaxed.
You know how a piece of chocolate just makes you feel so much better? Well, it’s not all in your head. By eating only 40 grams of chocolate, the size of a regular Hershey’s bar, you can lower your stress hormones.
If you aren’t into chocolate, try some citrus. (Wait, who isn’t into chocolate?) Scientists have found that vitamin C can also help regulate cortisol and can prevent your blood pressure from getting too high.
Turn on a funny movie. Listen to a comedy special. Watch funny cat videos. Just do something that will help you have a good laugh. Laughing helps you relax by releasing endorphins, the brain chemicals known for making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Next time you are feeling in a frenzy, walk it off. A walk can help clear your mind and also boosts endorphins and reduces stress hormones. Get outside, go somewhere green and let yourself breathe for a minute. It can change your whole day.
You have to admit that cell phones stress you out. Talking alone can raise your blood pressure. Then there is the constant stream of texts coming in. It can all be a bit much. Smartphones, in particular, are linked to increased stress, so shut it off if you need to and let it all go for a minute.
Potassium can regulate blood pressure and can help bring it down when you are stressed. Some people find that eating a banana can also improve energy. So if you are overwhelmed, get on in! This goes for potatoes too.