The first weekend without an impending holiday is upon us. Try to relax and regroup in your apartment in Roanoke, VA this weekend after a long holidays season. This actually is as easy as it sounds despite the mile-long to-do list, stack of unpaid credit card bills, and being back to work or school.
As much as we want our holidays to be about the simple pleasures, stress often has a way of creeping in. In fact, one poll found that 90% of Americans say they stress over at least one thing during this time of year.
So here are some simple ways to relax post-holiday season.
Just six minutes of reading can slow heart rate and dissipate muscle tension, the Telegraph reported in 2009. "It really doesn't matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world.
In a season often dominated by greed, look for opportunities to give back to those less fortunate. One UnitedHealthcare poll found that 73 percent of volunteers say the practice reduces stress, Self.com reported.
Sip Some Hot Chocolate
Here's some sweet news: heart-healthy dark chocolate can also have some stress-busting benefits.
Sniff Some Peppermint
One of the most iconic seasonal scents -- peppermint -- might have stress-relieving properties. A 2005 study found that smelling cinnamon or peppermint while driving could decrease fatigue and frustration, and boost alertness.
research shows that smiling can help to slash stress levels. A study published in the journal Psychological Science this past August found that genuine smiling can help to lower the heart rate after a stressful activity.