People craft– getting along with yourself

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.  Pacific island swimming pool by msdstefan

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. Long island iced tea by MadMan the Mighty

When it’s too hot to move outside, head for an air conditioned mall and walk to reduce heat-induced stress.  Window shopping at a walking pace reduces anxiety for 75% of people, say researchers. South Coast Plaza by BuckyHermit (in Seoul)


4 thoughts on “People craft– getting along with yourself

  1. Reba Studebaker

    Good ideas, Kathleen. Just wondering, do cherries contain anything that ease headaches? A photographer I work with says they do.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Yes, cherries contain compounds called anthocyanins that block inflammation and pain that they work like an aspirin according to Michigan State University researchers. Tart cherries have another bonus– they contain melatonin, the same relaxing hormone our brains release at night to calm us before sleep.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I have always loved items with cherries on them. Somehow, someone in fabric and other designs made the happiness connection.

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