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Unexpected Ways To Calm Yourself Down

Stress is the main saboteur of our lives. Nothing else going on around you matters if you are riddled with anxiety. Not only does it prevent you from living in the moment because your mind is so preoccupied worrying, but it can actually affect your physical wellness, causing a number of health issues pop up.

The good news is that you don’t have to live like this. It is possible that doesn’t involve constant fretting, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and an overall sense of doom. In order to calm your anxiety, you can implement these surprising things into your life that will help your calm down and relax.

Eat a cup of yogurt

It turns out that certain kinds of yogurts may contain a bacterial strain called lactobacillus rhamnosus that has been shown to reduce the stress hormone. A study done at University College Cork tested the yogurt on lab rats to find that it made them act calmer than the rats who were not given the bacteria. This probiotic may act as a successful, all-natural stress treatment.

Embrace The Butterflies 

I am talking about the butterflies in your stomach that seem to start flying around like crazy right before you have to deliver a presentation, go in for an interview or go on a first date. A study done at the University of Rochester found that people who consciously paid attention to physical symptoms of their anxiety and embraced them, instead of trying to shut them out, actually allowed the body to get more oxygen to the brain. This allowed them to react more efficiently under stressful circumstances.

All Work and No Play Makes You A Calm Person

Well, maybe not no play, but a study done at Harvard Business School found that people who had more work and responsibility at work were actually less stressed out than people who had a lower workload. Being able to take on more work caused the individual to feel strong, powerful and in control of their lives. It attributed to a boost of morale, instead of a sense of being overwhelmed.

Take Regular Sighs of Relief 

When most of us think of a sigh, it comes off as a sign of weariness, disappointment or stress. However the University of Leuven found that people who took heavy signs throughout the day were able to mentally and physically reset, allowing them to better take on the rest of the day.

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