Some of the most effective ways for women to relax are free and oh-so simple. Here are some easy tips on keeping yourself delightfully de-stressed from the folks at Woman's Day:
Listen to slow tunes. Slower-paced music can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Pick up some soothing CDs, or make a relaxing playlist for your iPod that you can listen to anywhere.
Give yourself a timeout. Set the alarm in your phone for 5 minutes, find a quiet place (even if it's a bathroom stall), and just sit and breathe deeply.
Laugh. It's true what they say: Laughter really is the best medicine. It temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, and then when they drop you feel relaxed. Watch your favorite sitcom, funny movie, or check out a few short hilarious clips on YouTube.
Lend a hand. You don't need to join the Peace Corps to make yourself feel better. Even ittle things, like carrying groceries for a neighbor, work.
Grab a friend and get walking. It's a stress-fighting double-whammy: Exercise improves your mood, and a recent study found that working out with a buddy leads to a greater production of endorphins.
Listen up. A recent study found that when people gave emotional support to others, they felt less stressed themselves. Call a friend who's having a rough time and let her vent.
Loosen up, literally. Restrictive clothes - especially if they put pressure on your stomach - cause your muscles to tighten, which in turn makes you tense. So lose the skinny jeans.