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Feeling stressed? Try these quick fix soothing solutions

Feeling stressed? Try these quick fix soothing solutions

Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Whether your need to soothe your mind or let out some energy, try these tips for dealing with stress.

Feeling stressed? Try these quick fix soothing solutions

1. Clean up

A clean and tidy home helps to create a visually calm space. Clearing away clutter, making the bed and getting the windows to sparkle can give you a sense of accomplishment and control, as well as creating a comforting space.

2. Create a schedule

Coronavirus has changed the life of everyone. Adapting to change and living with uncertainty can be challenging, so creating a schedule can help to provide some stability.

Schedule time for exercise, reflection and fun, as well as work and family commitments.

3. Smell this

Essential oils, that are absorbed through the skin or travel as aroma molecules through the nose, set off reactions in receptor cells which lead to electrical impulses to the brain.

Essential oils like bergamot, lavender, sandalwood and geranium can all help to relieve anxiety.

The oils can either be added to a base oil and massaged into the skin, used in a warm bath, a diffuser or inhaled from a tissue.

4. Dance

Find a song you love and dance to your heart’s content.

A study in the American Journal of Health Education has shown that dance is an outlet for emotional expression, stress reduction and creativity. Need inspiration? Spotify’s “Mood Booster” playlist is packed with feel-good songs.

5. Watch a comedy

There may not be a lot to laugh about right now, but watching Youtube video, television show or movie that will give you a belly laugh helps to lower the level of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, and boost the health-enhancing hormones including endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin.

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