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Rub Your Hoku, and 7 Other Surprising Ways to Calm Down

Want to stop stressing? Then start swearing, kissing, getting dirty, cluttered, and eating garlic instead!

Being “stressed” seems to be as trendy as being “on a diet.” Everyone’s doing it, throwing the terms around as if it’s an excuse for a bad mood or short fuse. Problem is: stress has some serious side-effects that can be detrimental to your health and happiness if it isn’t addressed. Of course there are lots of pills to help you ease off angst, but we prefer to do it naturally… naturally. Our favorite and the most fun by far: Kissing!

–Touching, kissing, hugging (or any other affectionate activities) stimulates the brain’s release of the hormone oxytocin. If you want to take it up a notch, get a room! Recent Studies reveal that the surge of oxytocin released during orgasm can lower blood pressure, calm nerves and tame tension. In fact, according to the British Medical Journal, sex is so good for your heart that it cuts your risk of heart attack and stroke in half when performed three times a week.

Swear it Off!  Swearing has been shown to minimize stress and increase workplace camaraderie. That’s according to scientists at East Anglia Norwich University in England.

–Eat Garlic.  The main ingredient in garlic when digested is organosulfur allicin, which triggers your body to produce hydrogen sulfide. The combo creates an internal reaction that relaxes blood vessels and encourages blood flow. Translation: garlic is good for your heart and your head. 

Succumb to Chocolate.  Balance isn’t just for yoga. In fact, a little bit of chocolate can go a long way when it comes to your diet. Dark chocolate has been shown to be filled with antioxidant flavonoids (which can minimize your risk of heart disease and reduce blood pressure). Some scientists have gone so far as to claim that the sweet stuff has more flavonoids than any other food (including blueberries). According to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, those said flavonoids help blood vessels relax, helping calm overall stress. Word to the wise, choose the lower fat dark chocolate to milk chocolate. It has a higher count of the good stuff.

Rub your Hoku.  Your “hoku” is that flap of skin on your palm that connects your pointer finger to your thumb. It’s also an acupressure spot related to upper body tension that, when squeezed, can minimize stress by up to 39%– that’s according to scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Watch YouTube.  Laughter is a proven way to ease stress. Even the mere anticipation of something funny has the ability to calm us down thanks to the release of stress hormones like dopac, cortisol and epinephrine. More than easing angst, short funny film clips have been proven to increase blood flow to the heart according to scientists at the University of Maryland. 

Get Dirty.  Research has shown that having plants and flowers in your presence can elicit a positive mood and reduce stress levels. Connecting with the Earth by sticking your hands in the dirt and tending to the plants yourself even further imbue you with an energy of calm.

Embrace Clutter.  For years, neat-freak moms have been insisting on orderly bedrooms for the sake of productivity, sanity, and just seemingly to pester. Not anymore! Eric Abrahamson (a Columbia School of Business Professor) and David H. Freedman (a journalist) have found that moderate messes can actually enrich creativity and minimize anxiety.

 

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Rub Your Hoku, and 7 Other Surprisingly Ways to Calm Down

Want to stop stressing? Then start swearing, kissing, getting dirty, cluttered and eating garlic instead!  

 

Being “stressed” seems to be as trendy as being “on a diet.” Everyone’s doing it, throwing the terms around as if it’s an excuse for a bad mood or short fuse. Problem is: stress has some serious side-effects that can be detrimental to your health and happiness if it isn’t addressed. Of course there are lots of pills to help you ease off angst, but we prefer to do it naturally… naturally. Our favorite and the most fun by far: Kissing!

 

–Touching, kissing, hugging (or any other affectionate activities) stimulates the brain’s release of the hormone oxytocin. If you want to take it up a notch, get a room! Recent Studies reveal that the surge of oxytocin released during orgasm can lower blood pressure, calm nerves and tame tension. In fact, according to the British Medical Journal, sex is so good for your heart that it cuts your risk of heart attack and stroke in half when performed three times a week.

 

Swear it Off!  Swearing has been shown to minimize stress and increase workplace camaraderie. That’s according to scientists at East Anglia Norwich University in England.

 

–Eat Garlic.  The main ingredient in garlic when digested is organosulfur allicin, which triggers your body to produce hydrogen sulfide. The combo creates an internal reaction that relaxes blood vessels and encourages blood flow. Translation: garlic is good for your heart and your head.

 

Succumb to Chocolate.  Balance isn’t just for yoga. In fact, a little bit of chocolate can go a long way when it comes to your diet. Dark chocolate has been shown to be filled with antioxidant flavonoids (which can minimize your risk of heart disease and reduce blood pressure). Some scientists have gone so far as to claim that the sweet stuff has more flavonoids than any other food (including blueberries). According to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, those said flavonoids help blood vessels relax, helping calm overall stress. Word to the wise, choose the lower fat dark chocolate to milk chocolate. It has a higher count of the good stuff.

 

Rub your Hoku.  Your “hoku” is that flap of skin on your palm that connects your pointer finger to your thumb. It’s also an (acupressure http://www.ehow.com/how_2031326_define-acupressure.html) spot related to upper body tension that, when squeezed, can minimize stress by up to 39%– that’s according to scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 

Watch YouTube.  Laughter is a proven way to ease stress. Even the mere anticipation of something funny has the ability to calm us down thanks to the release of stress hormones like dopac, cortisol and epinephrine. More than easing angst, short funny film clips have been proven to increase blood flow to the heart according to scientists at the University of Maryland.

 

Get Dirty.  Research has shown that having plants and flowers in your presence can elicit a positive mood and reduce stress levels. Connecting with the Earth by sticking your hands in the dirt and tending to the plants yourself even further imbue you with an energy of calm.

 

Embrace Clutter.  For years, neat-freak moms have been insisting on orderly bedrooms for the sake of productivity, sanity, and just seemingly to pester. Not anymore! Eric Abrahamson (a Columbia School of Business Professor) and David H. Freedman (a journalist) have found that moderate messes can actually enrich creativity and minimize anxiety.

 

 

Read more Quickie Lifestyle tips at QuickieChick.com

Massage Therapy Supports your Immune System

Regular therapeutic massage sessions offer significant benefits beyond the instant relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress are likely to get sick more than others. Mix stress with lack of sleep and poor diet, and our body’s ability to naturally defend itself against bacteria and infection is seriously reduced.

Stress management is a key factor for anyone striving to reach a balanced lifestyle. Massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for achieving stress relief. Research studies show massage therapy in fact boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised from prolonged periods of stress.

Jitka Frajbisova, LMT
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www.VanillaMassageTherapy.com

 

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Foot Massage

This is going to be one of your favorite foot massage techniques. It really helps tired, achy feet feel better. Even if you have only one minute to spare, some Random Reflexology could make a person’s day.

Have your partner lie down on his or her back. Sit or kneel at the bottom of your partner’s feet, facing his or her head. Your hand position is the most important part in this technique. Start by pressing your palms together in front of your heart center (like you’re praying), then separate your hands a few inches, keeping the palms facing each other.

Now, keeping the palms parallel to each other, pivot the hands at the wrists with the intention of pointing your fingers down toward the floor – you won’t be able to do it all the way. Leading with your pinky fingers, go as far as you can (palms remain parallel).

With your hands in this position, grab on to each side of one of your partner’s feet (i.e., one hand will be holding the inside edge of the foot and one the outside edge). Your fingers should be resting on the bottom of the foot and the heels of your hands and thumbs on the topside.

Alternating hands, first left, then right, squeeze the fingertips into the bottom of the foot. Imagine you’re stimulating pressure points all over the bottom of the foot – try to hit them all.

Squeeze your left hand, release, squeeze right, release, and so on. Move your hands all around the bottom of the foot, doing your best to cover as much area as possible. Get those reflexology points up by the toes and on the ball of the foot, all through the arch, and even down on the heel. When your hands get tired, relax and take a break.

Don’t forget to switch places!

(This massage technique is reprinted from Grace’s book Massage In Minutes: Simple Techniques for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere.)

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