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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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    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Ruchira, I fully agree with this!! Thanks for sharing, and I will be linking this to my latest hub on how music relieves stress.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I didn't know that about gum. I need to drink more green tea. Great suggestions!

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      6 years ago from Tumkur

      The tips are practical.i wish to add one more-Belief in GOD and some prayer

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My friend, I really needed this now. I will be taking your advice and doing some, if not all of these. :)

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      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      Helpful and excellently written article on relieving stress. Voting this up and sharing as well. Also rating this interesting and useful :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great hub, especially as we near Xmas and people get more stressed. I keep hearing about the calming effects of green tea and may just have to pick some up. Vote up and sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for this awesome article Ruchira. Most of the time I'm in a cheerful mood, but of course at times, I'm also moody especially when I'm hungry. I like to eat a bowl of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, a banana and a coke and then I start feeling good again. Going to the gym is another great stress releaser. I couldn't stop laughing at Frank's comment.

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      7 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for this timly article Ruchira! Boy, do we need this or what..... For me, I need to relax from morning on, hehe. I am not a fan of gum, but the nature walk and green tea sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing.... Voting up, and useful.

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Ruchira, I came in again because I needed to read this hub...with the end of the year and some cleaning up to do, I am feeling a little stressed up! Thanks for this, and I share.

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      Anamika S Jain 

      7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      When I am stressed out ... I eat chocolates or go shopping! Awesome Hub Ruchira...

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I needed a destresser... in fact, I noticed that I have been feeling a lot more stressed lately... maybe it is because I am no longer chewing gum like I have always done in the past. I am going to go to the store and get some gum!

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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      And if you do all of these every day. You will have less stress in your life. It works.

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruchira....These are wonderful, common sense tips for relieving stress! I admit to using them all, at one time or another. Truth is, I have learned over the years, how to avoid stress to begin with. It's all attitude and practice! Once we reach a certain stage in life, we do come to the realization that 90% of time, "over-reacting" is an unhealthy habit.

      It can be an amazing relief to allow one's self to remain calm. Thank you for sharing these great ideas......UP+++

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I am all for the massage therapy! I find that just drinking some tea and sitting for a big helps me much. Great post and one that will help many to destress quickly. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Some very useful ideas for destressing here Ruchira. I personally find music to be very relaxing. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good advice. I'm not bothered by stress too much. I meditate a couple of times a day and I refuse to let people annoy me.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Great ways to de-stress within an hour and enjoy the holidays. As you say we must let petty things slide by and enjoy!!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      great tips Ruch very helpful this time of year.. although I tried some.. I was taking a nature hike, I then laid down and put on my head phones to listen to music and chewing gum so I fell asleep....when I woke up I was laying down in my underwear.. robbed and fighting off a squirrel for my piece of gum.. but I was destressed..LOL bless you Ruch

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Nice suggestions. I love sipping green tea and listening to music while working. Maybe that's why I rarely get stressed out!

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Ok, Ruchira, I am now a full Green Tea convert! A little stress has gotten to me lately and am glad for this article. WIll bear the tips in mind!! Sharing!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The season can get stressful. I do drink green tea. I would love to have a massage, ( I've never had one ) Another thing i like to do is meditate, it calms the inner soul. Thank you Ruchia. Have a wonderful Christmas..

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      Karen Silverman 

      7 years ago

      great tips, Ruchia...lying down is not good for my type of anxiety - so - i try to sit quietly and breath very deeply and slowly...

      after i was diagnosed with stress-related illnesses - i was forced to slow down - and took up tai-chi and yoga - both of which emphasize moving slowly and breathing's helped, but, nothing cures..

      voting and sharing forward, my friend..

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      H Lax 

      7 years ago

      I just had an episode yesterday from stress building up due to being treated unjustly and when trying to resolve the matter I was put on hold for an hour only to get through to the wrong person, request the right person, and get their voice mail, after I stated why what they and others were doing to me was cruel, I yelled "I feel like killing myself" Now, I absolutely positively don't want to die and I would never do anything of the kind, I was just over the top stressed and I said something that I've heard others say when things get really, really rough...I am definitely going to put chewing gum and green tea on my grocery list...I love listening to music so that will help...I love taking walks but I hate going out in the cold so I might walk around my apartment 500 times if I feel the I lie down, I become more anxious and have to get up most of time unless fatigue sets in then I actually can lay arthritis makes it hard to give myself a massage but I might be able to bribe someone to do it for me hehehe...This article is awesomely helpful and please don't worry about me, I'm glad to be here and my one moment of weakness cannot hold me down. Thanks for sharing and at such a great time for me...Voted ++++

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this very useful hub. I enjoyed my high stress job. It felt so wild when all at once the stress was gone. Your suggestion are all right on.

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      7 years ago

      These are great ways to relieve stress. Green tea is awesome. I drink a cup every night before going to bed. Thanks for the tennis ball tip. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with neck pain from yoga. I will try.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wonderful ways for relieving the pent up stress during the Holidays and any other taxing time. My dog Bella and I love the long walks in the woods for a great dose of calm.

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      7 years ago from United States

      Great to know that we all sail in the same boat then :)

      Thanks Nell and Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions Ruchira! I do most of these when needed; reading, for me, is a great stress-reliever. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi Ruchira, great ideas. I tend to do two of these to get rid of stress quickly, one is to constantly chew gum, drives my family mad! lol! but the other is to go for a walk near a river or through the woods, makes me feel amazing! voted up! nell


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