The easiest ways to destress

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The easiest ways to destress

Chew gum
Chewing gum has been proven to reduce anxiety and lower cortisol levels.

Meditate
Meditating briefly twice a day can relieve stress and ease depression.

Close your eyes
Closing your eyes is an easy way to regain composure and focus.

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Drip cold water on wrists
There are major arteries on your wrists, so cooling them can produce a full-body cooling effect.

Get up and stretch
A quick stretch can relieve muscle tension and provide a much needed break during a busy day

Do a crossword puzzle
Brain games that require a lot of concentration can take your mind off worries.

Cuddle with your pet
Snuggling up with a pet can boost self-esteem and help relieve anxiety.

Smell your coffee
The odor of coffee can help reduce stress hormones, no drinking required!

Count backwards from 10
This helps ease stress and regain focus after a distraction.

Blast some tunes
Research shows music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety.

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1. TAKE A SHOWER

A long, luxurious bath isn’t always an option, so if a quick shower is your go-to bathing method, keep a stash of these DIY aromatherapy shower tablets nearby so you can grab one on your way in.

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2. USE A HEALING LOTION

Make your (probably limited) post-shower bathroom time count by slathering on this DIY calendula-aloe lotion, which calms and heals skin and boosts collagen production.

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3. GIVE YOURSELF A MANICURE

If you can’t get to the nail salon, give yourself an at-home manicure. Here are all the supplies you need, and a guide to the prettiest, must-have colors this year. Trust us, zoning out while working on your nails is a surefire way to relax, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

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4. INDULGE CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS

Everyone knows chocolate is an instant stress-buster. Instead of eating it (I know, I know…), try using it in your beauty routine. It smells amazing; I know even the scent of a yummy chocolate concoction can calm me down on a bad day! Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub will slough off any dead skin, leaving you soft and smooth. (If you’ve got more time on your hands, try a Chocolate Milk Bath.)

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5. TAKE TIME FOR TEA

Take a time-out and sip a cup of beauty-boosting detox tea. Mint, chamomile and turmeric teas are especially calming, and they all boast nutrients that are great for your skin.

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6. MAKE WATER A TREAT

Hydration is key to keeping skin moisturized and healthy-looking, and for flushing out pore-clogging toxins. Pop some infused water in the fridge and you’ll be more inclined to fill up your glass or bottle throughout the day. And you’ll get the beauty benefits of whatever fruits, veggies or herbs you use.

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7. STOP AND SMELL THE ESSENTIAL OILS

Relaxing DIY ayurvedic aromatherapy oils can be used for massage, or if you just need a quick boost, inhale from the bottle. Many of these essential oils will help lift your mood, too.

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8. MAKE TIME FOR SLEEP

Get better beauty sleep with these simple before-bed DIYs. The body spray and face mask can be done in no time!

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9. INCORPORATE FLOWERS

Roses are great for stress relief and skin, and their scent can’t be beat. Decompress while you take care of your beauty routine with these easy rose DIYs. (We especially love the rose-chamomile calming face scrub and rosewater toner.)

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10. EXHALE

This sounds a little too simple, but remember to breathe! A naturopath once told me to stop what I was doing once an hour to simply close my eyes and take 3-4 deep breaths—and it totally works. It’s instant relaxation, especially if you work at a computer a lot. (All that squinting will give you wrinkles and bleary eyes!) I always go back to work re-energized, and those little breaks made me realize how much I was clenching my jaw. Give it a try!

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