read to relax
One study found that it only takes six minutes of reading to reduce stress levels by up to 68%. Reading proved to reduce stress better than listening to music, walking or drinking tea did. It seems that when you concentrate on what you’re reading instead of your worries, you benefit both physically and mentally. Physically, reading slows down your heart rate and eases tension in your muscles. Mentally, reading provides knowledge and inspiration, and it sparks imagination and creativity. There really is nothing better, or more relaxing, than losing yourself in a good book – even if only briefly.