2 simple, DIY ways to reduce stress instantly – Robyn Openshaw

The simple things are often the best things. Like making a green smoothie the night before and having it ready to go in the morning.

Stress is a constant in virtually everyone’s lives. It’s normal to have stress! We may get better at handling it, at finding methods and strategies for learning from it and moving past it.

But, sometimes we need something quick that works right away. Something easy that doesn’t take a lot of effort.

I have 2 stress-escaping tips that might do wonders for your mood:

The first thing is:

Hugging! And if there’s no one nearby you want to hug … did you know you can hug yourself? Have you ever tried it?

By wrapping your arms around yourself — you can try it now while you’re reading this email — you’re activating acupressure points that help to bring balance and calm to your body. This action sends a message to your body and brain … of comfort and care.

Best of all, it costs you nothing, and takes very little time.

 

Hugging others works, too. A reader wrote in and said: “[A] wonderful stress reliever is to hug my husband! He gives the best hugs!”

I love that.

And here’s a tip: if you hug someone for about 20 seconds or longer, you get proven stress-reducing effects. A longer hug releases oxytocin, the “love” hormone, which immediately down-regulates your stress response.

Hugs are “the universal medicine” — a medicine that feels so good to share with yourself, or others.

The 2nd stress-easing trick is:

Smiling!

So simple, yet so effective. Smiling really can make you feel better, even if you’re not not feeling so happy.

The act of cracking a smile can trick your mind into being more positive, just by moving your facial muscles, as research shows. So “faking it” really can help you “make it.”

The great thing about smiling is that it benefits you, and it’s a gift you can give to all.

If you want to know more about the benefits of smiling, check out my post on Benefits of Smiling More Every Day.

These two simple strategies — hugging and smiling — might not solve all your problems. Yet, they can help relieve your tension and anxiety.

And, they’ll help you feel better. So you can realize that you have what it takes to get through this. Because you do.

To staying strong through stress!

 

P.S. And of course, don’t forget to breathe, one of my favorite easy stress-relievers. Try combining all 3 — hugging yourself, smiling, and deep breathing — and see how you feel.

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