Savor the zesty scent of an orange and you could feel instantly relaxed. According to a Japanese study, the citrus fruit contains linalool, a compound whose odor has been shown to lower stress levels in animals.
If you're on your third straight Law & Order episode, turn it off already! After analyzing data that spanned 34 years, University of Maryland researchers reported that people who described themselves as "somewhat happy" watched 10 percent more hours of TV than those who rated themselves "very happy." The theory: Being glued to your flat screen may temporarily entertain you, but it isn't particularly satisfying in the long run. Worse, the tube time takes away from more fulfilling activities, such as a yoga class and a picnic with friends.
Rev Up Your Playlist
The more motivational your tunes, the quicker you move and the more calories you burn. In fact, research shows that music tempo can increase your endurance by 15 percent. Get your motor humming with this 45-minute workout mix from Bianca Kosoy, senior creative director and resident DJ at Equinox gyms.
"Heads Will Roll" (Tommie Sunshine Remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"Bonafied Lovin" (+ Tough Guys Interlude) - Chromeo
"Gone Daddy Gone" - Gnarls Barkley
"Your Heart Feels" (Designer Drugs Remix) - Thieves Like Us
"Felicia" - The Constellations
"I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" - Black Kids
"Gold Guns Girls" - Metric
"Beep Beep Beep" - Tiga
"Hey You" (PPRR Dance Remix) - Pony Pony Run Run
"Kids" (Soulwax Remix) - MGMT
"Chillin" - Wale, featuring Lady Gaga
"Beatbox" (Hey Champ Remix) - The Sounds
Top It Off
Sprinkle these spices on your food for a lift that lingers: Cinnamon can stabilize your blood sugar, leading to sustained energy; cumin may raise iron levels; and coriander can help calm by elevating levels of the nutrient magnesium, which gets depleted in times of stress.
Create a Fitness Inspiration Board
Clip out pictures and words that inspire you (your favorite athlete, a yoga chant, you on a gorgeous running trail), make a collage out of them, and hang it where you can see it, suggests Patricia Isis, PhD, a board-certified art therapist in Miami. Every time you lay eyes on it, you'll feel good
To beat an afternoon slump, back away from the office vending machine and pour yourself a rejuvenating cup of green or black tea instead. The caffeine in the brew will give you a boost and the amino acid L-theanine will enhance your concentration, according to a study in The Journal of Nutrition. To maximize the benefits, Mark Ukra, owner of Dr. Tea in West Hollywood, California, suggests steeping the leaves for two minutes.
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