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How to De-stress within an Hour

Updated on January 7, 2013

With holidays around the corner, are you stressed out over gifts are not wrapped, messy house, shopping undone, family dinner or the obligations and the burden of family tradition?

It can be quite overwhelming when things don’t go our way, and an individual could become irritable and unable to concentrate on the task at hand.

Our body cannot take stress well, and we tend to get anxious, loose temper easily. Stress occurs in response when one feels threatened or get upset over issues, and this could lead to an inability to concentrate leading to poor judgment and seeing only negative around us.

Stress is detrimental, and it turns a human’s mind into a devil. Thus, better curb it before terror strikes and then we land up repenting over our spilled words.

Many a times people don’t even realize that they are stressed out.

So, what does Stress feel?

When you are anxious, and your heart is beating fast, or you are getting irritated over small things and are losing your composure, or are unable to concentrate over any one thing in particular, or seeing only negative around you. You are clearly stressed.

So, now that you have realized that you are stressed out.

Let’s try to get it out of your system within an hour’s time.

Time is money and so we ought to get rid of stuff that axes us out from our routine.


Let’s take out our first aid kit, which comprises of:

  • Chewing gum.

When we chew gum we tend to help relieve anxiety, improve alertness and reduce stress by calming those nerves around our neck, and head. Will see the effect in a few minutes.

  • Green Tea

Green tea has this natural ingredient called Amino Acid L-theanine that besides giving flavor to the tea is also responsible for fostering relaxation by lowering blood pressure and altering the neurotransmitters that impact mood. Studies have shown the levels of Dopamine and Serotonin are raised by L-theanine, thus enhancing the mood and promoting relaxation.

Green tea has Theanine at a higher level as compared to other teas thus; sipping Green tea when stressed out is advisable.

  • Listen to Music

Listening to music helps calm our nerves, which in turn can reduce stress as it tends to change body functions causing slower breathing, which results in slow heart rate and easing of muscle tensions.

Any kind of music will do the trick as long as you enjoy that music and tend to loosen up from get a smile on your face.

Experts recommend listening to slow music or the sound of nature such as chirping of birds or the sound of rain, which helps a person to unwind.

  • Nature Walks

Walking in the greenery can help calm irritated nerves and improve foul moods. Just got to be aware of your walk when strolling through nature and take deep breaths. This will help elevate your mood and might also make you think of the reason of your stress. Once the problem is detected, humans are smart souls to figure out with a plan.

  • Lie down

Lying down with eyes shut can be beneficial since your body can relax when your mind is going berserk. Gradually, you will find that your mind has started to focus on the cause of anxiety and eventually you will find your thoughts to be placed which will lead to a calmer and a stress free you.

  • Massage

Massaging the nerves around the neck either with your fingertips or using a tennis ball also helps to calm them down. While massaging, one should try to inhale deeply since supplying oxygen to that stressed out area can help increase the process of relaxation.


Holiday is the time to relax, and not get stressed out over petty reasons, so enjoy this time since it will not come back and shield your self from any sort of negativity. This will help you stay happy and content.

Happy Holidays!


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