Healthy Living : Easy Ways To Relax

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Take A Chill Pill :) 

No matter how awesome your life is, sometimes things can get crazy. Try these proven chill-out tricks next time you're totally stressed

Call, Don't Text 
study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that hearing someone's voice over the phone has the ability to lower the listener's stress levels and boost the cuddle hormone oxytocin in your bod. Getting a text doesn't have the same effect. 

Snack on Citrus 
Noshing on an orange or grapefruit-even adding a little lemon in your iced tea-can improve your mood says psychologist Dale Atkins, PhD, author of Sanity Savers

Smile (Seriously) 
According to research from the University of Kansas, grinning helps you relax when you're stressed out. After putting people through stressful tasks, researchers discovered that the smilers had lower heart rates and reported feeling less frazzled than those who didn't smile. 

Have an Awesome Experience 
series of studies from Stanford University found that having an "awesome" experience (seeing the Northern Lights, checking out a huge building, admiring a beautiful sunset) helps you chill out and be happier. 

Ditch the Trash-Talk 
Experts say that when you're negative, it's contagious to the people around you (and then you're surrounded by negativity, which doesn't exactly help your stress level). If you find yourself wanting to vent about someone, write it in your diary instead. 

Use a Lamp 
Research shows that harsh overhead lighting can ramp up your stress and make you feel irritable. Soft lighting, on the other hand, can soothe you. 

Grab Coffee with Friends 
study found that getting your caffeine fix in a group lowered stress levels. That said, sipping coffee alone made people feel more stressed, so definitely grab a buddy before you go. 

Do a (Short) Workout 
Research found that short, high-intensity workouts have a great effect on stress than slow-paced exercise does. So to max out your chill time, hit the treadmill on high for 20 minutes.

Enjoy :) 

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