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From Real Simple
Feeling flustered? Studies show that some simple strategies can help ease the tension. Try this one-week relaxation plan.
DAY 1: Take the scenic route.
To ease communing woes, get off crowded streets and busy highways and drive down a tree-lined road instead.
DAY 2: Sip tea.
Regularly drinking black tea can lower levels of stress hormones and induce feelings of relaxation.
DAY 3: Play on the web.
New research has found that doing online puzzles, like sodoku, can decrease stress and improve mood.
DAY 4: Watch a comedy.
Feel-good endorphins start cranking and their mood-boosting benefits kick in as soon as people start to anticipate having a chuckle. Plus, a good belly laugh can relax your whole body.
DAY 5: Lend a hand.
Reaching out to someone else gets you away from your own worries and puts things in perspective.
DAY 6: Bless yourself.
Focusing on what you're grateful for flips a switch in your brain. When you let good thoughts take center stage, the stressful ones can recede.
DAY 7: Get a chair massage.
These short massages now offered in salons, malls, and airports can work wonders to chip away at accumulated stress. Even a 15-minute massage can calm your nerves.