Five Ways to De-Stress: The Quirky Edition

Sure, we’ve all read about how lux bubble baths and aromatherapy spa treatments will simply melt stress away. But what if you don’t have the time nor the money for such things because, well, you live in the modern world and make an average income? Don’t worry. We’ve got you. Read on for five quirky ways to de-stress that won’t break the bank or cost too much time.

1. Fake a Smile.


No, really. The journal Psychological Science published an article that detailed psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman’s investigation into the potential benefits of smiling. Guess what they found? Even a disingenuous smirk managed during brief stressful situations can help to reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response. And it takes all of, what, maybe 1.7 seconds? Next time you’re tempted to punch a co-worker in the throat, just step back and smile. Fast, easy, and effective!

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Lydia L. lives in Seattle with two sweet, if slightly out of control, dogs. She loves reading, food, and the opportunity to make a difference.