Dr. Oz’s Bedroom
The bedroom is a great place to de-stress after a hectic day. In fact, stress is the number-one major ager of your body, so reducing its effects should be everyone’s priority. Learn what Dr. Oz does to unwind and make sure he gets the quality shuteye that helps fight the ravages of stress.
Bedroom Secret #1: De-Stress Squeeze Sock
Aromatherapy can be a fantastic stress buster. Dr. Oz uses his own “de-stress squeeze socks” to reap scent therapy’s benefits. You can do the same by taking a clean sock and filling it with dried lavender, cinnamon and rosemary – all of which have been shown to lower anxiety levels. Fill it to the size of a tomato and tie it off. Then repeatedly squeeze the sock to release tension and get a blast of stress-blasting scents. As a bonus, when you’re finished, leave it in your sock drawer to save money on store-bought potpourri and leave your clothes smelling fresh.
Bedroom Secret #2: Ocean Sounds
If your busy schedule doesn’t leave you much time for vacation, try to bring the relaxing sounds of the ocean right into your own bedroom. For around a dollar, you can download a relaxing ocean sound online. You’ve probably experienced how soothing the sound of lapping waves can be, but new research shows that ocean sounds can actually slow your breathing and lower your heart rate as your body matches their rhythms, dramatically decreasing stress as you prepare for sleep.
Bedroom Secret #3: 4-Corners Breathing Technique
Add the 4-corners breathing technique to your nightly wind down. To do it, start by looking at something with 4 corners, say a mirror or a picture frame. First, look at the upper right corner and breathe in for a count of 4 and out for 4. Then move clockwise, repeating the breathing for the lower right corner, the lower left, and finally the upper left corner. It’s easy to do and has a fantastic calming effect on the body.
Bedroom Secret #4: Orange-Infused Coconut Oil Temple Massage
This final secret not only smells great, it will leave you completely relaxed after a long day. First, you make the concoction by adding the peel of 1 orange to a bottle of coconut oil and letting it infuse for about 12 hours. When it’s ready, gently massage the oil onto your temples, or for extra relief, ask your partner to do it. Just the scent of orange has been shown to lower high blood pressure, while the coconut oil relieves any remaining stress from a busy day.