2 WAYS TO DE-STRESS… IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS
Think you need to spend hours meditating or relaxing to zap your stress levels? No way! Here’s how to feel more zen in just a few minutes.
• Pick up a book Reading is a task that demands your brain’s attention, and that distraction is scientifically proven to significantly lower your heart rate and ‘tense levels’ in as little as six minutes. True story!
• Chew some gum An Australian study found it lowers salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol in just 10 minutes, thanks to the way the chewing action increases blood flow to the brain.
• Do the dishes It’s a chore that works as an instant stress reliever, according to a 2015 study. The trick is making a conscious effort to pay attention to what you’re doing – focus on the smell of the suds, how warm the water is and how the dishes feel in your hands – rather than letting your mind wander.