Try a mini-meditation
Calm down with this soothing five-minute exercise, says Toronto-based mind-body therapist Louise Gabrielle. Step 1: Bring a gentle awareness to your breathing and gradually make it slower and fuller. Step 2: Breathe in through your nose and imagine you’re breathing in energy or sustenance. Step 3: When you breathe out (through your nose), imagine that the act of exhaling helps your body to relax and let go. Try this routine daily; just five days of integrative body-mind meditation was more effective than relaxing body exercises for improving stress control and lowering anger and anxiety, according to University of Oregon and Dalian University of Technology researchers.