9. Chew Gum
It’s surprisingly simple, but you can chew your favorite gum to help reduce the amount of cortisol in the body and release stress. It can even reduce anxiety and improve alertness and performance scores.
A 2009 study published in the Physiology & Behavior journal found that chewing gum alleviated a negative mood and reduced cortisol during acute laboratory psychological stress.
The exact mechanisms underlying these effects are not known, however researchers believe that improved cerebral blood flow and better performance while chewing gum may help ease stress.
When choosing chewing gum, opt for sugar-free varieties to to avoid damage to your teeth due to sugar.
10. Put Down Your Smartphone
Habitual use of smart phones is a major contributing factor in increased stress. You can experience heightened levels of stress and anxiety during digital social exchanges. It can also cause elevated levels of aggression, depression and inability to concentrate.
In fact, the most stressed-out people experience ‘phantom’ vibrations from their phones, when in fact there have been no alerts.
Don’t stay glued to your smartphone. Go out and spend time with people or do any activity that you enjoy.