When you need to reduce stress fast, try the following:
Laughing. Cracking up relaxes your blood vessels and increases blood flow — the opposite of what happens when you’re tense — so you can reduce stress in a hurry. This is my personal favorite! Watch a good comedy or America’s Funniest Home Videos works for me.
Inhaling. Not that! Try the scent of roses. They, along with lavender, basil, orange, grape, mango, and lemon, contain a compound called linalool, whose scent reduces anxiety.
Chewing gum. Quietly and discreetly, please. A study of more than 2,000 workers found lower levels of stress in those who chewed gum. The caveat: The research was funded by a gum company. But if it works for you, do it.
Try a chi-gong move. Chi-gong (qigong), a 2000-year-old series of calming movements and breaths, teaches you how to breathe correctly — from a point 2 inches below your navel. Ideally, do all of the moves regularly. But to sap stress right now, try this one: Stand and focus on a point on a wall, with your chin parallel to the ground. Inhale as you turn your head to the right, and exhale as you come back to the middle. Repeat to the left.
RealAge Benefits: Managing your stress level can make your RealAge up to 1.1 years younger if you’re a woman and 2.4 years younger if you’re a man