If you have been feeling uptight and stressed the last month, you’re not alone. The American Psychological Association reported that 75% of Americans have symptoms of stress monthly, and we can only imagine what the global average must be. That said, there are ways of controlling and reducing stress that are both simple and affordable to fit into your daily life.
Beyond giving your mouth a fresh flavor, chewing gum can actually help to improve your mood and reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone,” so when this is lowered you will feel all around less stress in your life.
Filling Your Room With Plants
Spending time in the outdoors can make you feel instantly refreshed and calmer. To achieve these same benefits while inside of your home or office space, you can fill your room with plants, which has been proven to lower blood pressure associated with high stress environments. It also has been shown to help with your productivity and breathing. Plus, your room will be a sight for sore eyes with beautiful plants as decorations!
Biting Down On Some Chocolate
Chocolate doesn’t just taste amazing– it actually makes us FEEL better too! Dark chocolate in particular has been proven to reduce stress levels when eaten daily, even in small amounts. Time to give yourself the sweet treat you deserve!
Mowing The Lawn
This is probably the most shocking on the list… But a chemical that is released from the grass after it is freshly cut has the ability to make people feel happier and calmer. Some research found it even helps to reduce mental deterioration! You will also feel less stressed thanks to completing another chore. Another check off the to-do list!
Sipping On Some Tea
The British may be on to something with their love of tea. Scientists found that drinking just one cup of tea can help to lower one’s stress by up to 25 percent! The best tea for the job is green tea, which has the stress-reducing ingredient L-theanine. Wind down right before bed with a cup and you are sure to sleep soundly.
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