We all have many levels of stress that we don’t want every day.
We must find our own ways to manage and reduce it quickly in order to thrive or even survive.
Many are looking for ways to quickly relax or re-center after an upset or disappointment of various kinds.
In the past, I’ve written on the well-researched Viparita Karani.
However, last night I was reading some research from the University of Sussex in the UK (yes, research reading is better than a sleeping pill) which gave some interesting and unexpected data.
The article was written to attract lay readers and first asked if you need to relax, what is most effective:
-Reading a book
-Having a relaxing cup of tea (remember this is Britain)
-Listening to music
The answer is reading.
The neuropsychologists found that just six minutes of silent reading can reduce stress levels by 68%.
They surmised this is because unlike drinking tea or watching TV, reading requires real concentration, which creates a distraction that eases muscle tension and slows the heart rate.
Listening to music while doing no other activity was second best, reducing stress by 61%.
What do you do to release stress when given bad news, were upset on the freeway, or are at odds with someone close to you?
What has worked for you in the past?
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