Long days, car trouble, extended winter weather, traffic jams—there’s no shortage of stressors in our day-to-day lives! Have you ever wondered how to relieve stress you experience while at work or home? While a deep breath and counting to ten might work for a minute, we have a few other easy, no-cost stress management tips that will help combat daily anxiety.
Chew away your blues
Maybe your mother taught you that chewing gum will give you cavities, but did she know that researchers from around the world have found that people who chew gum when they’re stressed show more signs of relaxing than those who don’t? Studies show that agitated people who chew gum report feeling less stressed and more alert. Researchers wonder if the act of chewing increases blood flow to the brain (which would explain the alert, clear-headed feeling). So pick your favorite flavor and pop in a piece next time you’re feeling anxious.
Clear your head quickly
Have you ever heard of the “occipital rub”? It’s a quick, easy massage technique that will be sure to provide you with stress relief while at work or out. Simple take your first three fingers and place them towards the back of your neck where your neck and head connect (just below your ears). Rub back and forth for 30 seconds or until you feel yourself relax. Goodbye, anxiety!
Treat yourself to a snack that calms
Magnesium deficiencies are prevalent in those with anxiety disorders, so next time you feel the familiar symptoms creep in, grab a handful of mixed nuts (walnuts, cashews, and almonds are the best for this) and enjoy. Not only are these nuts a natural source of magnesium, they also contain healthy fats and will boost your energy. Who knew stress relief could be so tasty?
Have any stress management tips that have worked for you in the past? Share with us in the comments!