These aren't easy times, there's no denying that. But liitle changes every here and there can help you cope with anxiety and stress. Read on.
1) TAKE A HOT, COSY BATH
Weirdly enough, the answer to washing away a day of stress can be in your bathro-om! Hot water is known to help release en-dorphins and increase blood flow to the skin. Warm baths can also improve breathing, reduce risk of heart attack, lower blood pres-sure, burns calories.
2) CLEAN YOUR SPACE
Besides removing clutter and giving you relief from a crowded space, cleaning is an effective mindfulness practice. One study found that students who washed their dishes had greater states of mindfulness and exhibi-ted more optimism.
If you don't have time to clean thoroughly, tackle one cleaning/organizing task at a time. For example, use your breaks from stu-dying to wash or dry a load of laundry.
3) TRY THIS BREATHING TECHNIQUE
The 4-7-8 breathing method is a powerful trick that gives your body an extra boost of oxygen. Deep breathing is an effective way to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. To do this: place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and keep it there the whole time.
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