Over the years, I’ve found ways to send worries packing. The most important, for me anyway, is swimming laps. Things came up, and I had to skip two days in a row. The result? I was out of sorts. Whether you like to swim or just float along, being in water reduces anxiety within ten minutes, say researchers. The sense of weightlessness lulls the body into a more peaceful state of mind.
Drinking a glass of black iced tea is another way to calm down. In one study, levels of stress hormons in people who drank tea (hot or cold) before an anxiety-provoking task were more than 20% lower than non tea drinkers. Scientists credit L-theanine, a natural anti-anxiety compound in tea, for the relaxation effect.