You shouldn’t have to stress about a plan designed to reduce stress! That’s why Dr. Oz’s 24-Hour Stress Cleanse is super simple. See tips to diminish daily stressors, makeover your diet with stress-free foods, and learn how to unplug from the constant stream of technology that stirs up anxiety. You’ll feel more relaxed and focused in just one day by following the steps below!
Take a Cleansing Nightcap
Stress can build up during the day and affect your sleep. That’s why Dr. Oz’s Stress Cleanse starts off at night with an aromatherapeutic shower.
Make your own fragrance by filling a mug with rosemary oil and lime; these two ingredients have been shown to calm nerves and help dispel tension. When you head into the shower, place the mug on a shelf near your head and breathe in the scents. The calming aroma along with the hot steam of the shower will help you relax. If you don’t have time to take a shower, you can still enjoy the aromatherapy by placing the mug on a nightstand as you’re getting ready for bed.
Bonus Tip: Listen to Music
Muzak, the term used to describe the monotonous melodies played in elevators and waiting rooms, has been proven to have soothing effects. Additionally, studies have shown that listening to 30 minutes of classical music may produce calming effects equivalent to taking 10 mg of Valium. Along with these calming benefits, music has also been shown to regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Unwind after a long day by listening to stress-reducing tunes.
Practice a Three-Part Breath
Stress isn’t just in your mind – it takes a toll on your body too. Take back control by focusing on the key parts of the body that are most affected by stress. You can do so by directing your breath. Improper breathing can throw off your oxygen and carbon dioxide balance and contribute to anxiety. Mimicking a relaxed breathing pattern helps to calm your nervous system almost immediately. Try this simple breathing exercise to focus on the most-stressed areas of your body – your stomach, chest or shoulders.