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11 Effective Stressbusters

11 Effective Stressbusters

When the going gets tough, the tough play cards! Try that, as well as these other easy, inspiring ways to stay calm and collected in the face of day-to-day tensions.

1. Medicate yourself with laughter. The quickest way to do this is to watch a comedy movie. It’s impossible to stay glum when Dumb & Dumber‘s playing in front of you!
2. Do something you love: knitting, painting, baking.  Research shows that simple, feel-good hobbies envelope you in overall serenity and reduce blood pressure. They can be as relaxing as yoga!
3. Call up your friends and cobble together a card-playing session. An extensive Japanese study showed that community games and activities reduce stress and lower your risk of stroke.
4. Eat an orange. It’s fresh, full of vital Vitamin C, and a proven mood booster.
5. Give your windows a good scrub-down. When they sparkle, so will your mood. (Here’s a natural way to clean glass.)
6. Step out and gaze at the stars. The firmament has a magical way of melting your stresses away.
7. Stretch. For just 5 minutes, open up your limbs and feel the knotted up tensions easing out.
8. Scrub the stress away–literally! Make a thick paste of 1 part baby oil and 2 parts granulated sugar. Apply it all over your arms and legs and feet. Rinse off with warm water.
9. Cheat on your diet. Go ahead and have a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
10. Buy yourself a bunch of roses. Pop them into a beautiful vase. Take time to smell the flowers and run your fingers over their delicate petals. Roses have been used for centuries to heal stress with their cool, soothing scent and deep loveliness.
11. Log in to your Facebook account, and catch up on your friends’ updates. It’s a great way to catch up with others and take your mind off your own problems.



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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:32AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

do some yoga, or better breathing techniques like belly breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, or muscle relaxation

3:32PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

stay off the internet for a few for me....

6:48PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012


9:49AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

i agree - chocolate is much better than facebook.

7:23AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012


5:38AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012


12:23PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

#12 chocolate

8:04AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Lovely tips :) Think I'll need them pretty soon

2:22AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

thank you

9:49PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Noted- thank you

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