How to Calm Down and Feel Bet­ter

If you could do one thing for yourself this month, it should be to try these re­lax­ation tricks.

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The re­lax­ation tricks your body’s been wait­ing for.

That crick in your neck may not be from sleep­ing funny. It could be from your bonkers work week, the stack of un­paid bills, or the big fight you had with your BF. “In­som­nia, GI is­sues, and aches and pains are of­ten phys­i­cal cues that you’re stressed out,” says Howard Schu­biner, MD, di­rec­tor of the Mind Body Medicine Pro­gram at Prov­i­dence Hospi­tal in South­field, Michi­gan, and au­thor of Un­learn Your Pain. Try this stuff to re­lax.

AT HOME

Turn up the heat. When people took a hot bath daily for eight weeks, it helped them man­age anx­i­ety bet­ter than pre­scrip­tion meds did, a study in Com­ple­men­tary Ther­a­pies in Medicine found. No tub in your tiny pad? Even warm foot­baths can help.

AT THE GYM

Try cy­cling. Hit­ting the bike for 20 to 30 min­utes could im­prove your mood for up to 12 hours, ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity of Ver­mont study. Re­searchers sug­gest that adding pos­i­tive stress—like cy­cling—into your rou­tine helps you deal with not-so-pos­i­tive stress later on.

AT WORK

Re­mem­ber to breathe. Deep breath­ing low­ers your heart rate and re­laxes your mus­cles. To en­sure you’re do­ing this through­out the day, Dr Schu­biner rec­om­mends tak­ing two slow breaths ev­ery time your phone rings or be­fore you re­spond to an e-mail.

EVERY­WHERE

Take it eas­ier on yourself. Stud­ies link stress and self-es­teem in a way that cre­ates a vi­cious cy­cle. When you’re wor­ried, you feel bad about yourself... which makes you more stressed. When you start to beat yourself up, pre­tend you’re an ob­jec­tive ob­server, sug­gests Dr Schu­biner. Say, “This is the stress talk­ing. There’s no need to beat my­self up!”

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