Constantly feeling stressed out? You’re not the only one. According to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America survey, the percentage of Americans who reported that they dealt with at least one symptom of stress increased from 71 percent in around eight months. Luckily, there are scientifically proven ways to help you relax.
1.CHEW SOME GUM.
Strange as it may seem, chewing a gum—and also popping bubbles—has been shown to improve mood as well as reduce cortisol levels.
2. BE NEAR PLANTS.
Immersing yourself in nature can make you feel lighter and happier, and even just a little exposure can help you relax. One study at Washington State University found that being closer to plants can reduce your blood pressure and help in increasing your productivity. Plus, plants release oxygen, helping you breathe better.
3. MOW THE LAWN.
A chemical released by a mowed lawn helps people to feel joyful and much more relaxed, according to research.
4. LISTEN TO CLASSICAL MUSIC.
Your favorite songs can brighten up your day, but it turns out there’s also a physiological reason to listening to music: One study found that listening to classical music decreased participants’ blood pressure, slowed their heart rates, and also decreased the level of stress hormones.
5.REDUCE YOUR SCREEN TIME
We Spend the majority of our time sitting in front of a screen. That light can mess with your melatonin production and it can alter the circadian rhythms, which can affect the quality of your sleep.