Today is National Relaxation Day! Yes, there’s a day dedicated for us to take it easy. A day where everyone is encouraged to slow down, unwind, and simply focus on taking care of ourselves. However, with our fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles, plus the unprecedented challenges we are facing because of the current pandemic, it is even harder to relax these days. Good thing there’s science to back us up. Here are 7 scientifically proven ways that help reduce stress.
1. Get a plant
Spending time in nature improves your overall well-being but did you know that studies have shown that even just a little greenery is great for your health? Yes! One tiny plant cant makes a difference. So what are you waiting for? Bring some plants to your home and office to add zen to your space. Check-out our article on the 10 House Plants to Start your Collection:
Bananas B-vitamins, like folate and vitamin B6, are key to the production of serotonin, which can help improve your mood and reduce anxiety.
3. Mow the Lawn
Let’s face it, knocking this task off your to-do list will give you one less thing to stress about. But more importantly, research shows that a chemical released by a mowed lawn—that fresh-cut grass smell—makes people feel happy and relaxed.
4. Listen to Music
Any music you enjoy can make you feel better, but classical music, in particular, has been shown to slow heart rate, lower blood pressure, and even decrease levels of stress hormones.
5. Get a pet
It’s been proven by studies that people with companion animals have lower blood pressure and are more chilled out when comforted by a furry friend.
6. Find Something to make you laugh.
Watch a funny video, exchange jokes, or read a funny book. Whatever it is, find something and do something that will make you laugh. Laughing helps you relax by increasing the endorphins released by your brain.
7. Eat Chocolate
One of the easiest and most satisfying way to help your body release endorphins is to eat chocolates. YEP! Studies show that even just 40 grams of dark chocolate a day can help you de-stress.