Need to Relax in 5 Minutes?

Stress is awful. Anxiety can be terrible—especially when there is no understandable, external cause for it. Seeking ways to counter these malevolent forces has been a human activity since the beginning of time. The Ancient Greeks recognized moods and were acutely aware of feelings of depression, stress and anxiety. Like modern scientists, they too had their various prescriptions and methods to allay feelings of stress and anxiety.

To Relax in 5 Minutes

So after thousands of years of being aware of stress and anxiety, shouldn’t we have a ton of solutions by now? It’s not that simple since each human being unique. A common anti-anxiety medication may work for one person, while a simple exercise regimen may be all that’s necessary for another. In general terms, therefore, we DO have many methods to calm our bodies, to expel stress and anxiety—to relax.

The Golf Ball Roll

It’s common knowledge (or should be) that massages are a supreme cure for stress. But if you’re stuck at work or unable to get an appointment, there are ways to emulate massages simply and affordably. Forget golf clubs, just snag a golf ball or two from your bag and bring them with you. You can give/receive an impromptu relaxing foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over them.

You Gotta Breathe

It may sound like hogwash, but you can induce relaxation by modifying how you breathe.  Slow, deep breaths can help lower blood pressure and heart rate. Try it! The results are pretty noticeable. For the adventurous types, there’s a method of breathing called pranayama breathing: a yogic technique in which you breathe through one nostril at a time to relieve anxiety.


Luckily for Americans, there are foods that may have anti-stress properties. If you’re looking for some relaxing food, take a chance on a mango. Take a five-minute break in order to peel, slice, and bite into a juicy mango. Not only will prepping the mango relieve stress, but compounds called linalool in mangos help lower stress levels.

So Let it Be Written, So Let it Be Done

Writing down in a book, journal, notepad, on yourself, times or moments when you’re stressed or anxious is a surprisingly effective way of lessening those feelings. Writing down our emotions on paper can make them seem far less intimidating. This logic is probably why so many suggest making “to-do” lists. Indeed, writing in a journal can have real immediate effects. It’s been found that journaling before a tough exam may help improve your score.

Drip Cold Water On Your Wrists

This method seems the oddest. It’s difficult to confirm. According to a number of blogs, “When stress hits, head for the bathroom and drop some cold water on your wrists and behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the whole body.” (Those exact words were used on more or less a dozen blogs). This leads us to question the veracity of this method. That being said, who are we to judge? Try it out yourself.

dentist-atlanta-meet-the-drDr. Hugh Flax has a passion for practicing dentistry. He takes great pleasure in changing patients’ lives through their smiles. He received his degree in dentistry at Emory University and began Flax Dental in 1987. Outside the office, Dr. Flax loves music, New Orleans, traveling and more music. Follow Flax Dental on Twitter and Facebook.

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