Take Ten

Browse Listverse for 10

Listicles might be the hippest downfall of journalism as we know it, but they might also be the perfect distraction from your daily stressors. Indulge in a website devoted entirely to ranking, surveying, comparing, and listing every topic you’ve never thought of before. Stressing about having to engage in small talk can feel awful, but spending a mere 10 minutes on Listverse.com will likely provide you with enough mindless facts and stats to last you five lifetimes.

Get Hyped: It’s Natural Light

Take advantage of as many sunny days as you can during the spring rainy seasons and bolster your mood a bit with 10 minutes of natural light. Find a nice soft spot of grass or other surface where you can stand or sit outside. Squeeze as much sunlight into those 10 minutes as you can. Natural sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin (those feel-good receptors in your brain) and helps relieve seasonal affective disorder.

Assist Your Aura with Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is that new-age trend making a comeback from about 4,000 B.C. As far as we know, the Egyptians can be credited with burning incense made from aromatic woods, herbs, and spices. Fast-forward a few thousand years, and we now have handy little oil burners that fill the room with any number of possible scents that evoke effects ranging from invigoration to relaxation. According to www.aromatherapy.com, certain essential oils and scents have been known to have the following effects:

  • Bergamot for relaxation
  • Patchouli for stress relief
  • Lavender for anxiety reduction
  • Geranium for balance
  • Melissa for balance and confidence
  • Mandarin for calming the body
  • Palmarosa for calming the mind
  • Neroli for depression
  • Lemon for invigoration
  • Ylang-ylang, jasmine, or sandalwood for nerve moderation or excitement

Doughy Relaxation: Make Time for a More Malleable State of Mind

Take some time away and squish a pliable substance, such as Play-Doh or moon sand. It might sound juvenile, but we haven’t seen 7-year-olds stressing over the printer running out of ink at the most inconvenient time of the day. When stressed out, our bodies physically tense up and clench. Repeatedly squeezing and releasing something squishy can leave you feeling much more relaxed than when you started.