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Motivational Monday #96 Quick ways to reduce stress!

Quick ways to reduce stress

If you feel yourself getting uptight and stressed here are some quick stress relievers you might like to try.

1: Snack on something crunchy

Munching on foods like apples, carrots, and almonds relieves physical tension from your jaw and face. The added effort it takes to make your way through a crunchy snack distracts you from intrusive thoughts. In addition, the rhythmic chewing and sound that is created can sort of lull you into a state of calm.
 

2: Go for a brisk walk!

We all know the benefits that this brings us! When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and stress. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of Morphine! 😊
 

3: Cuddle a furry friend
 

You can’t help but smile when you’re around a pet! 

They are so carefree and cheerful that you automatically start to take on their disposition. Their unconditional love is reassuring and reminds you that no matter what, you matter and have value for just being you.

 Don’t have a pet? No problem! 

Local animal shelters are always looking for volunteers. 

Alternatively, I’m sure your busy neighbour or friend wouldn’t mind a little extra help with their pooch.  Offer to dog walk or pet sit! You could also take a drive to your local pet store…there are sure to be some cute creatures on display!

4: Massage your earlobes!
 

Haha! I know this sounds crazy right but hear me out: Rubbing pressure points, like those in your earlobes, can bring a sense of physical calm and relaxation to your entire body. Most people go for their heads in a moment of stress, but rubbing there can actually increase tension! 

Instead, rub the inside of your earlobes and slowly move to the outside. You’ll notice a renewed state of peace in a short time!

 4: Practice a little aromatherapy 
 

Light a candle, bake cookies, or open up your favorite spice jar! Scents have a way of reminding us of certain memories and bringing a sense of calm over our brainwaves. 

In fact, our sense of smell bypasses our cognitive brain functions, meaning it has the power to distract the parts of us that are subject to worry.

Take Action:

If you are feeling stressed try one or more of these quick tips.

Today’s quoteSet peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” – Brian Tracy

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