10 Tricks to Reduce Stress

  1. Relax you muscles – Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) reduces cortisol, releases physical tension and helps with insomnia.
  2. Read a book – Stress declines by 68% after reading for just 5 minutes.
  3. Go outside – 20 minutes outside is enough to reduce stress levels. Even viewing nature scenes increases serotonin and boosts happiness.
  4. Keep a journal – Journaling helps to clear the mind, develop a more positive outlook, enhance self-awareness and track progress.
  5. Get the sleep back in control – REM sleep (when you dream) decreases levels of stress hormones.
  6. Take a bath – Being horizontal in water mimics the womb conditions and improves mood and optimism.
  7. Yoga – Yoga teaches us how to accept discomfort. It also slows heart rate, reduces blood pressure and slows again.
  8. Engage your senses – Name 4 things you can touch, 5 things you can see, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.
  9. Laugh – Laughter releases hormones known to reduce stress, boost immunity and strengthen social relations.
  10. Go on digital and smartphone detox – Heavy Internets users are 5x more likely to suffer from depression.

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