Step away from the medicine cabinet! You don’t need to pop a pill in order to feel happier, healthier, or less stressed! Instead, try these tricks from Woman’s World Magazine. For example:
- If you want to boost your overall HEALTH: Start singing! It doesn’t matter if your Kelly Clarkson impression makes dogs howl. A German study found that singing raises immunity-boosting white blood cells that protect the body from colds, flu, and stomach aches. The deep breathing you do while singing can also help lower the body’s blood pressure and heart rate.
- If you want to feel HAPPIER: Try dancing. Why would this help? Because studies show that dancing releases anger and stress by triggering the production of mood-lifting endorphins. If dancing isn’t your thing, try working in the garden to feel happier. Researchers at the University of Bristol in England discovered that breathing in certain “friendly” bacteria found in soil activates the mood-elevating brain chemical serotonin.
- The final pill-free cure is for STRESS. Grab some knitting needles. Harvard Medical School researchers found that knitting, crocheting, sewing, or needlepoint are as effective as meditation at triggering relaxation. Why? Because the activity requires all of your concentration – you don’t want to poke your finger with a needle - which prevents you from thinking about your worries. The repetitive nature of knitting can help you calm down because doing something over and over again relaxes your brain.