5 Ways to De-Stress

Ah, if only life was as simple as it was in the good old days! Whether you’re cramming for a midterm, taking care of your kids, or you have 500 unread emails in your inbox at work, we all experience stress every so often. Here are 5 easy and effective ways to relieve yourself of that stress:

Breathe Deeply

According to Psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD., breathing deeply fights stress by slowing your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure. It’s easy too! Simply sit up straight with your eyes closed and your hand on your stomach. As you inhale, feel your breath float from your stomach to the top of your head. Then, exhale and feel your breath float from the top of your head to your stomach. Repeat as needed.

Laugh

Another excuse to watch your favorite sitcom or chat with your friend! Letting out a good laugh lowers cortisol - your body’s stress hormone - and elevates your endorphin levels which will boost your mood.

Move Your Body

Even less rigorous exercise, like yoga, stretches or a walk around the block, can release endorphins which will boost your mood. Stuck inside? Turn up the volume and have a dance party at home. Grab your family and friends if you need more motivation to get up and go!  

Connect with Others

Your close-knit group of friends and family members is one of the best cures to your stress. Talk to them in person or on the phone; connecting with others will be sure to get your mind off of your stress.

Play

Sometimes, you just need to have fun! Put away your smartphone and take some time out of your busy schedule to meet with a friend, read a book, or play with magnetic tiles - whatever you deem to be the most fun!