Between emails, PMs, work, studies and catch-ups, it’s hard to avoid being stressed, but if you have a spare 10 minutes, these activities could help you find your chill.
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1. Grounding – Sure, it sounds a little ‘woo woo’, but walking in bare feet on the ground, sand or grass has actually been scientifically proven to lower stress levels, help with chronic pain and promote better sleep.
2. Essential oils – Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years and while we all know diffusing lavender oil can help with relaxation, it’s actually rose oil that can combat rising anxiety and stress.
3. Breathe – Sounds simple, but deep breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, actually sends messages to your brain to tell it to relax and lower your stress levels.
4.Listen to tunes – We love our beats, but studies have proven that listening to ‘slow’, melodic music is extremely effective for battling stress and anxiety.
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5. Mindful check in – Taking a moment to close your eyes and do a ‘mental check’ of how each part of your body is feeling, is a great mindfulness technique which scientists have proven can lower stress levels, eliminate temporary negative feelings and improve attention.
6. Peppermint tea – Avoid caffeine when you’re feeling hyped up, instead brew a cup of peppermint tea to help you focus, reduce stress levels and sooth an upset stomach.
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7. Watch dog videos – Spending time with actual animals is a proven stress-buster, but a 2015 study found that watching dog (and cat) videos is also a form of pet therapy and can lower stress. Hello, youtube!
8. Child’s pose – This calming yoga pose, which essentially is sitting on your knees, forehead to the ground with your arms by your side, is excellent for centring the mind and the body.
9. Knitting – Researchers have found that repetitive activities can help calm your nerves, so pick up some needles and go for gold.
10. Read – Sure, 10 minutes isn’t a lot of time but researchers found that even just six minutes of reading a book can reduce your stress levels by a third!