While you may be too busy to de-stress, it’s important to take a moment for some self-care. Too much stress can wear on your health, increasing blood pressure, anxiety and joint pain. And it can even negatively affect your smile.
Relax! Here are 5 ways to help in 5 minutes or less:
Chew a piece of gum.
Chewing gum alleviates tension caused by stress and lets go of excess energy through muscle contraction, creating a calming effect.
Pro tip: Chew sugar-free gum with xylitol.
Listen to your favorite song.
Soak up some sun.
As little as 5 minutes of sunlight increases serotonin, which balances your mood and can make you happier.
Bonus: Vitamin D from sunlight promotes bone and tooth health.
Get some quick exercise.
You don’t have to spend a full hour at the gym to blow off steam. A quick burst of exercise can help relieve some short-term stress. Try a quick set of push-ups or run up a flight of stairs.
Fake it until you make it.
Don’t feel happy? Try smiling anyway! Smiling, even with a fake smile, has been shown to elevate mood and make people calmer.
Don’t you feel better now?