ZAP STRESS FAST
The holidays have come and gone, but the stress that comes with them is still around. Stress can make you sick—when you’re under stress your body produces adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones that can impair the ability to fight off disease. Follow these stress-relieving tips to help you go from OMG to Om in minutes. GET MOVING: Release feel-good chemicals in your body with a quick walk around the block, or walk up a few flights of stairs. Even simple stretches like head rolls and shoulder shrugs will help relax your body. BREATHE: Deep breathing counters stress by slowing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure. Sit upright, close your eyes and slowly inhale through your nose, feeling your breath start in your belly and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse and exhale through your mouth. CRANK UP THE TUNES: Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, slow your heart rate, and decrease anxiety. If listening to chill tunes isn’t your thing, blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes — and sing at the top of your lungs!