Five Simple Ways To Relax – Easy Zen Tricks

The moment when you feel stressed is actually the moment when you have to drop everything and do nothing. Right then, you’ll see that you’re too busy to make time for relaxation, because you have enough to do.

Thanks to these five simple tricks, you’ll be completely zen again in no time! They are easy to execute and you can do them on your own, without needing to depend on someone else.


1. Music Maestro!

Japanese scientists have discovered that patients who were having a colonoscopy had much lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol when they listened to music as compared to the situation where they had the examination in a quiet room.

It is proven listening to music has a measurable calming effect the brain. Of course, it depends on what type of music you listen to.

MusicSo, let’s plug in those ears or turn on your favorite music on Spotify.

Choose something soothing, like instrumental piano music, rather than something energetic!

If you don’t like music, try downloading an app that gives you a white noise that also distracts you from your thoughts.


Also, take a look here to learn more about relaxing music!
Give yourself a moment of relaxation, and let go of your surroundings and your endless to-do-list.


2. Make Yourself A Cup Of Tea

TeaNot only the warmth of tea can make you feel relaxed, but also the type of tea. Find out more about the benefits of herbal teas in one of my previous posts.

Whether you choose green or black tea, it contains a substance called theanine that has a calming effect on the brain.

According to scientists from Japan, just 50mg of theanine – the amount you’d find in two or three cups of tea – is enough to stimulate the production of alpha brain waves.

These brain waves indicate a relaxed, but alert, state of mind. So you will feel relaxed but not sleepy. Your mood will also get a positive boost.



3. Nibble It Out

chewing-gumSeveral studies show that when you chew gum for a few minutes, your stress hormone cortisol decreases. The same goes for your anxiety. Keep chewing!

Alternatively, eating a biscuit or something similar may alter your mood because it sets off emotional and chemical reactions in your body that can give you a temporary feeling of calm and well-being. Just don’t eat too many!

Instead of clenching your jaw, may as well put it to work.
An apple or some carrots provide a satisfying crunch to curb your spiral!



4. Chocolate Is The Answer

dark-chocolateDark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which causes our brain to release “feel good” hormones in our brain like dopamine and serotonin.

Studies have found that people who rated themselves highly stressed to begin with, had lower levels of stress hormones after eating chocolate every day for two weeks.

So, dark chocolate regulates the stress hormone cortisol and thus helps against stress. Plus you’ll get a little lucky boost from this delicious snack.

You certainly shouldn’t take too much of it! Luckily, dark chocolate is lower in sugar than milk chocolate but it sure hits the sweet tooth sweet spot!



5. Upside Down & Reverse

Upside-down-reverse Gazing upward stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers blood pressure and slows the pace of the breath. Slow, deliberate counting will also help rid your mind of distractions.

Likewise, saying the alphabet in reverse temporarily shifts your focus from worrying about your upcoming date or pending performance review.


It’s fine to play tricks on yourself once in a while. Counting backward will also force your brain to put stressful thoughts aside and weaken them.


Let me know if you tried out one of these. Or maybe you have your own simple way to calm your monkey mind and destress?

I’d be happy to hear more about it in the comment section below.

With love ❤,



  1. I never really thought about chewing gum to relieve stress. I’ll have to try that one. Now chocolate, now that one I knew about. I love me my chocolate. I wish I were a tea drinker but I just can’t get into that drink.
    Saying the alphabet backwards, I can see that being a distraction. That’s a great idea!

  2. I think listening music help me to relief my stress. And another effective way for me is to walk in a park and breathe in some fresh air. Thanks for sharing is your suggestions, I think the chewing suggestion will work for me as well. Thanks again.

  3. Ibi

    Dear Catherine,
    This is the third article, I’m reading today about relieving stress and you all have given me very unique and new insights.

    I have learned something thing new today.

    I never know that the upside down or counting the alphabets backwards, had the ability to reset my brain. Thank you

    I love my good old chew gum.

    I must say that ice cream does it for me, more than dark chocolate.


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