All-Day Stress Soothers

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 in Health & Wellness

Stress is a part of life, but there are ways to minimize it. These 5 de-stressors will help relax you all day long. Learn the best soothing solutions for morning, noon and night.

Early Morning

Whole Grain Cereal

Whole grains are complex carbohydrates that help increase serotonin levels, the chemical that makes you happy. Exercising will also help your body produce more serotonin.

Orange Juice

The vitamin C in orange juice will boost your immune system when you’re exposed to stress. It also strengthens your blood vessels, promoting overall health.

Black Tea

Independent studies show that black tea can actually reduce the effects of stressful events, but it takes about 4 cups a day.


Snack on Walnuts

Walnuts are the best source of the amino acid arginine. Recent studies have uncovered a link between arginine and nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a compound that has a relaxing effect on blood vessels, therefore improving blood flow. Walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower your blood pressure.

Early Evening

Listen to Classical Music

Research shows that listening to 30 minutes of music, especially classical musical produces the equivalent of taking 10 milligrams of Valium, a powerful medication with a calming effect. The average dose of Valium is 2 – 10mg multiple times a day, depending on the reason for treatment.

After Dinner

Wash the Dishes

Doing a repetitive task will help you relax. Getting into a routine will help lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and slow your breathing.

Right Before Bed

Read a Book

Reading for 6 minutes slows your heart rate and releases tension in your muscles.