Such things as exercise and meditation work for some people, and both of them will help you manage chronic stress through the release of such feel-good substances as nitric oxide and brain chemicals called endorphins. But in the heat of the moment, at peak periods of high intensity, you should be able to pull a quick stress-busting behavior out of your biological bag of tricks. My suggestions:
- Scrunch your face tightly for fifteen seconds, then release. Repeat several times. This repetitive contraction and relaxation helps release tension you're holding above the neck.
- Breathe in, lick your lips, then blow out slowly. The cool air helps you refocus and slow down.
- Cork it. Hold a wine cork vertically between your teeth. Putting a gentle bite on the cork forces your jaws—a major holder of tension—to relax. (Don't fight stress by emptying the bottle of wine into your body first.)
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