No one wants to be stressed out-plus the havoc alone causes acne, weight gain, and other body issues. Whether it's work, a breakup, or the countless other factors, it is essential to find some balance and learn how to de-stress-and it's not that hard to do. It doesn't have to take expensive therapies or a ton of time. Try one of these easy tension tamers to get started on calming your nerves.
Take the sting out of a stressful afternoon with a 30-second massage. Rest your elbows on your desk and place your thumbs under your eyebrows on either side of the bridge of your nose. Let the weight of your head rest on your thumbs for 10 seconds. Next, pinch your eyebrows with your thumbs and index fingers. Hold for one second, then move your fingers a half-inch out. Repeat until you've covered the whole brow. Not only will the mini-break soothe your senses, the simple act of touch is calming and comforting.
Steam Things Up
Although it gets a bad rap, sweating is a vital process-it flushes toxins, improves circulation, and is good for your emotional health too. Visit a steam room or sauna or replicate the effects at home by sitting in a warm bath (try one of these great products to make the experience even better) with a towel draped over your head. If you're pregnant or have high blood pressure or heart disease, check with your doctor first as a precaution.
Some days are like the conveyor belt in the I Love Lucy candy factory episode. A relentless series of mishaps that just won't end. A workout will relieve tension and a walking meditation will do double duty. For 20 paces, walk as slowly as you can, feeling every inch of your feet as they move, hearing your breath flow through your lungs, and noticing all the smells and sounds around you. This simple practice will help you get in touch with your inner voice so that your intuition can guide you through stressful decisions.