In today’s hectic world, finding time for relaxation can feel like an exercise in futility. Fortunately, however, strategies exist that allow even the busiest people to take mini-breaks throughout the course of their days. Following are just five of the ways that residents of our apartments in Sherman Oaks, CA, can work a bit of tranquility into their lives.
Sipping Green Tea
The calming effects of green tea are caused by an amino acid known as L-Theanine which provides many people with relief from feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and even mild depression. The tea-drinking ritual itself can also be soothing if you use your best teacup when enjoying a green tea break. To get even more from your cup of green tea, add a spoonful of honey — honey contains anti-inflammatory agents that reduce inflammation in the brain and may relieve anxiety levels as a result.
Eat a Square of Dark Chocolate
Eating a square or two of rich dark chocolate is an exquisite way to enjoy a short mid-afternoon break during the middle of a stressful day. The trick is to close your eyes and allow yourself to fully savor the taste of the chocolate while it works its magic. Chocolate with high cacao content helps regulate a stress hormone known as cortisol, as well as plays a part in regulating metabolism.
Take a Meditation Break
Even spending just five minutes meditating can take the edge off of a stressful day. Evidence exists that two short sessions of meditation worked into the average daily routine has a significant effect on lowering stress and anxiety levels.
Go On a Short Walk Outdoors
Spending time outdoors is another well-known stress buster. Even spending just 15 minutes outside provides the average person with their daily requirement of vitamin D, and even small amounts of exercise produce mood-elevating endorphins.
Eat a Mango
Not only will the aroma and taste of a mango remind you of a sun-splashed tropical environment, the fruit contains a compound known as linalool that’s been proven to have mood-enhancing benefits.
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