From Sharecare & Dr. Oz
MapQuest and the kids traipsing through the woods may have shortcuts. But life usually doesn't. Sometimes, though, you can use some little tricks to make life easier. If you're short on time, and don't feel like breathing exercises or meditating, try one of these easy, all-natural stress busters.
Try one of these -- or all five -- this week, and take note of your stress levels after each one. Did they work? Which one was most effective?
1. Vitamin C helps regulate cortisol -- the stress hormone that affects your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. It can even prevent spikes in blood pressure when you're stressed. So eat an orange, a kiwi, or take a 500 mg supplement 4 times a day (3000 mg total) during stressful times, and go back to 1000 mg on a normal day.
2. Black tea contains flavonoids, which help block those "fight or flight" messages in your nervous system. Just one cup, though -- too much caffeine can exacerbate stress.
3. Pistachios are not only the lowest calorie, lowest fat, and highest fiber nut, they also contain nutrients that prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, and help stop cell damage. One serving is about 50 nuts -- so get cracking!
4. Massage your ears, focusing on the lobes and outer rims of the ear. Both of these pressure points help relax the muscles in your face and body.
5. The spot between your eyebrows is connected to the pineal gland, which is associated with the production of melatonin. Place gentle pressure between your eyebrows, then move your fingers to the middle of your brow, then back.