It’s no secret that many of us are overworked, over stressed and could use a little more relaxation in our daily lives. (Did you know that 44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did five years ago? Or that 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are for stress-related illnesses?) While the best ways to relax probably include hour-long massages or vacations, finding that kind of time or money can be difficult. Luckily, you can turn around a stressed-out day in as little as five minutes with these simple ways to relax.
1) Have a cup of tea
Whether herbal or green, the simple act of preparing a cup of tea can remind you to pause for a moment and relax. The properties in chamomile tea act as a natural nerve tonic and green tea has been clinically proven to reduce stress.
2) Chew gum
A stick of gum can be a surprising stress reliever. In just a few minutes, cortisol levels drop, lowering your anxiety. It’s also a great way to nix stress-related food cravings.