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6 Secret At-Home Stress Relievers

Paper

Don’t keep your anger, fear and frustration all bottled up. Vent it by putting pen to paper. Studies show that writing about stressful events in your life for just 10 minutes dramatically lowers your perception of your personal stress. Experts aren’t exactly sure why it works. Perhaps it’s because writing gets your worries out of your head and into the real world where it’s easier to do something about them. It could be a more transcendental explanation: the transfer of your stress through your hand, out your body and onto the paper. Or maybe the exercise simply stops you from ruminating about your problems. No matter what the reason, the result is the same: Less stress and a better mood.

Tea

Skip the coffee and opt for tea instead. Research has shown that drinking tea on a daily basis can help lower stress hormones and inducing greater feelings of relaxation. Try proven stress-busting brews, like Chamomile or black tea.

CDs

How often do you turn on the TV for “background noise.” Instead of reaching for the remote, pop in a CD. Music has proven therapeutic benefits and does wonders to alleviate stress. Experts suggest that it is the rhythm of the music or the beat that has the calming effect on us even though we may not even be consciously listening to it.

Candles

Aromatherapy is, well, therapeutic. Lavender, jasmine and chamomile scents relax the mind and relieve stress. Give yourself several minutes of slow, deep, even breathing. Imagine that with each breath, the scents are entering your nose and spreading throughout your body, relaxing tight muscles and alleviating tension.

These moments will soon become one of your favorite times of the day.

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12:27PM PDT on May 23, 2013

A simple way to relieve stress is to clean a pencil or pen and place it gently between your teeth for 3-4 minutes not biting down. This relaxes the jaw muscles and the whole body with less stress on the brain. For more tips you can go to http://www.worldpositivethinkers.org and scroll to the video. Skip the intro and go to 2.12 minutes. On the right side of the page you can click chapter 11 for a free reading on more tips. My Positive best, Mr. Positive a.k.a. Ken Bossone

2:19PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

thanks

8:17AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Good stuff, thanks

10:34AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

good suggestions, thank you.

2:28AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Thanks

4:13AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Great advice.

9:14PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great ideas. Thanks.

5:38PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Thanks!

1:13PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

All very relevant tips Rosi Caswell Animal/Human Therapist Metaphysical Counsellor

7:57AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

thank you

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