4 Easy Ways to De-stress Your Life

4 Easy Ways to De-stress Your Life

Life is stressful, but our 4 easy relaxation techniques can help you learn to be happier and feel healthier.

Relaxing is all about getting your mind off of the stresses of life. Anything that will accomplish this can be helpful in making you feel calm and at peace. Here are four easy ways to feel more relaxed in your daily life.

1. Meditate
Meditation can be a great way to relax, especially if you are under a lot of stress. Research has shown that meditation can be helpful in lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and even improving cognitive performance.

And meditation is pretty simple to do: Just find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax your muscles and focus on one thing, whether it's your breathing, an object (a flower or a painting) or even a picture in your mind – perhaps you are sitting on a beach in the Caribbean. You can do this for as little as 10 minutes to experience benefits. The key is staying focused and not letting any distracting thoughts enter your mind – being mindful is key.

2. Eat Mood-boosting Foods
Many of us crave indulgent carbohydrates like cookies, candy, ice cream, pretzels, and other sweet and starchy foods when we're stressed, anxious or tense. These foods can have a soothing effect in some women, and it may have something to do with low serotonin levels during these mood states. Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for feelings of calmness and relaxation. It's thought that consuming these carbohydrates helps boost serotonin levels, which results in feelings of contentedness and relaxation. So, enjoy these treats if they provide some instant satisfaction, but do watch your portion sizes!

3. Create a Relaxation Room
Many spas have relaxation rooms to sit in before and after treatments, and it's a great thing to create at home, too. A relaxation room doesn't have to be a "room" per se – it can be a space in your bedroom, for example, but the key is having an area or room at home that is solely devoted to relaxing. You can have a really comfortable chair or daybed with dim lights or candles nearby – whatever it is that you enjoy and find relaxing. This will give you an opportunity to decompress with very little stimuli, which is key. Forget the cell phone and laptop– this is a time to kick back and relax. You might want to read a book or magazine, but the idea is to clear your mind of distractions and stressors.


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4. Have a Hot Bath
Heat relaxes muscles, and taking a long bath can be soothing for the mind as well. Stock up on your favorite bath salts and soaps, get a bath pillow and decorate the room with candles. You can even create an in-home spa by incorporating spa treatments like facials.

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