These days, it’s not unusual for travel plans to go awry—but that doesn’t make it any less stressful. If you’re starting to feel tweaked, try these four quick fixes to ease the tension.
Focus on the exhale. Slow, deep breathing can help you feel calm, but the most important part is breathing out. Make your exhalations twice as long as your inhalations.
Have a chill mouth. Relaxing your tongue and jaw can turn off the release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Simply let your tongue go limp in your mouth, and then open your mouth to loosen up your jaw.
But picture hot hands. Fear and anxiety signal the nervous system to direct blood flow to the largest muscles (it’s prep for fight-or-flight), a response that can often result in cold hands. Warming your hands (or even visualizing warm hands) can tell your nervous system that it’s OK to calm down.
Make a move. Studies show that two minutes of exercise can be enough to change your mood, as long as it raises your heart rate. Try a little speed walking to release some stress.