15 science-backed ways to relax include tense and relax toes, and take deep breaths.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Breathe.
Tense and relax toes:
One of the Mayo Clinic's many relaxation techniques involves gradually tensing up different muscle groups, starting with your toes. They advise holding the tension for five seconds, and then slowly relaxing the muscles.
This is called "progressive muscle relaxation" and researchers think it may help boost our awareness of the physical sensations associated with relaxation.
Breathe deeply. Take deep breaths:
Deep breathing is what the American Institute of Stress calls a "super stress buster."
When we're anxious and stressed, it can cause you to take shorter breaths, so by deliberately taking a series of deep ones, you can help increase the supply of oxygen to your brain.This, in turn, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, sometimes referred to as the "rest and digest system," because it's the part of the nervous system that slows heart rate, increases intestinal activity, and relaxes certain stomach muscles.