Best Ways to Reduce Stress in 60 Seconds or Less

best ways to reduce stress factor 75

A day trip to a spa or a week-long vacation to an exotic location would do wonders to help you switch off from the stress of the daily grind.

But what can you do to relax your mind and body right now?

Here are some of the best ways to reduce stress in 60 seconds or less.

Prefer to read this offline or on a different device? Click here to download a pdf version of this post.


Have a Good Laugh


Laughter stimulates your vital organs by boosting your intake of oxygen-rich air and boosts your mood by encouraging your brain to release “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins.

Need some help?

The Factor 75 team prescribes a healthy dose of laughter daily. These are our favorites:

Chew Gum


According to researchers from Swinburne University in Australia, chewing gum may improve your alertness and lower your stress levels.

So go to chomptown on that DoubleMint. Just make sure you stick to sugar-free varieties to keep your dentist’s stress level to a minimum, too.

Practice the Acupressure Press


Use your index and middle fingers to gently press down on the indentation at the center of your breast bone, a pressure point known as the Sea of Tranquility.

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe that applying pressure to this spot helps restore the flow of vital energy, called qi, throughout the body.

However, others attribute its positive effects to other factors, such as improved blood flow, reduced muscle tension, and endorphin release (a natural pain reliever).

Get a Hug


Hugging a loved one won’t just strengthen the emotional bond between the two of you—it has several physical benefits, too.

Your brain releases a hormone called oxytocin into your bloodstream. Oxytocin counteracts the effects of cortisol, a hormone produced by your body in response to stress.

Put Your Feet Up


Putting your feet up can be almost as reinvigorating as taking a nap.

Lie on the floor with your bum an inch or two away from a wall and extend your legs so that your heels rest on the wall. Place your arms alongside your torso, with your palms facing down towards the floor, and hold for 60 seconds.

Studies show that short-term stress triggers reduced blood flow to the heart, but when you elevate your legs, you promote venous drainage, which encourages the blood in your legs to flow back to your heart.

Take it to the next level with a yoga inversion (like this one fromKimberly Snyder). Step up your handstand game with a CorePower Yoga 3 class (find one in Chi here).

Bounce on an Invisible Trampoline


Bouncing up and down releases tension from your muscles and helps you blow off steam.

Stand with your arms at your sides and knees soft but slightly bent. Bounce lightly on your toes, letting arms move freely with the movement. Build up to a comfortable height, as though you are actually bouncing on a trampoline; continue for 60 seconds before gradually coming to a stop.

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your physical and emotional health.

Fortunately, you don’t need to go to great lengths to reduce your stress levels. By adopting some simple 60-second stress-busting techniques, you can boost your mood without wasting precious time and energy.

See? It doesn’t take much!


Further Reading: 
Hugging lowers blood pressure and boosts memory
60-second stress busters
Acupressure points and massage treatment
Cardiovascular disease risk factors stress
Oxytocin hormone

Photos courtesy of: Benjamin Watson, Jesslee Cuizon, Shannon Blatchford, Ben Edwards,Tumblr, Llenrock Blog, Ashton Kutcher GIF, Ricky Gervais GIF

3 responses to “Best Ways to Reduce Stress in 60 Seconds or Less”

  1. here says:

    Your recommendations are truly amazing, thank you so much for sharing. They might be helpful for many people, who are trying to avoid stress and stay calm.

  2. We need instant result for any issues we are facing. If not, stress is our enemy. Watching funny movies is really effective way to relax our tight muscles specially at the back of our shoulder.

    -Internist in Houston

  3. Laughing is undoubtedly one of the best ways to defeat stress and it can be done anywhere, as it will not look weird.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *