5 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress And Anxiety In 3 Minutes Or Less

It’s the mantra of the modern-day woman: “I’m so busy.” Yup, in an age where we’re switched on all day, erryday (looking at you, work emails) taking time to de-stress is practically a luxury. That’s why we hit up Georgia Foster and Virginia Alexandra, co-authors of The 3 Minute Anxiety Fix, for their best hacks for […]

by | Jun 27, 2018

It’s the mantra of the modern-day woman: “I’m so busy.” Yup, in an age where we’re switched on all day, erryday (looking at you, work emails) taking time to de-stress is practically a luxury.

That’s why we hit up Georgia Foster and Virginia Alexandra, co-authors of The 3 Minute Anxiety Fix, for their best hacks for fast-tracking the trip to zen-town.

1. The brain reboot

Close your eyes and roll them up toward the top of your head.  Place the tip of your tongue just behind your top front teeth and apply pressure. Smile with the lips closed and continue to pressurise the hard palate with your tongue on the roof of the mouth with the eyes focused at the top of the head. Continue this for 2 ½ minutes. When first doing this you may feel pain at the back of your tongue, if this is the case, don’t worry, it’s just your central nervous system strengthening.  If rolling your eyes is too intense, relax your focus at the bridge of your nose. Doing this exercise will reorganise the chemistry in the brain and make you feel way happier.

2. The throwback hack

Keep positive photos or favourite happy songs handy on your phone, so when you are feeling anxious and fearful about life, your mind can scan these moments and trick you into being in a better space. Routinely do this every hour so your mind becomes familiar with being in this positive state.

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3. The patience provider

Place your thumb pad over top of the nail of your middle finger and flick the middle finger on both hands (like when you get a hand massage). This sends the signal to both hemispheres of the brain to correspond with each other allowing the opportunity to bring you back into a state of equilibrium. Keep flicking your fingers for three minutes, it may hurt a little but continue anyway. This is particularly beneficial for anxiety reduction and for impatience either with yourself or someone else.

4. The self-doubt sucker

Each time you hear a negative inner comment from yourself such as “I am feeling scared” or “it’s all too hard, I’ll just give up now” imagine a stop sign in your mind and say to yourself, “I am going to park this unhelpful thought.” Then, follow this up with something positive such as, “It is safe to feel calm and happy” while looking up at the ceiling. Repeat this 3 times to break the negative state instantly.

5. The belly balancer

Cross your arms and place your hand under each armpit and find the spot that is tender and apply some pressure. Close your eyes and focus on your breath as you continue applying the pressure for 2 ½ minutes. On the inhale the belly comes out and on the exhale the belly comes back in towards the spine.  This helps the central, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems to strengthen. This exercise will balance and calm you.

You can find the 3 Minute Anxiety Fix here.  

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Dating is a minefield. With social distancing restrictions still largely in place, it’s fair to say that most of us are resorting to the apps when it comes to making a lasting connection - or simply looking for a short-lived good time. But even then, the platforms are fraught with their own challenges. From bios that offer a scattering of emojis and one-liners that leave little to be desired, to the profile pics that are at least a decade old, red flags are bound to come up even before you’ve met in person. But where things truly get interesting is in the dating phase. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship to see it end badly can likely admit that the thing that saw you end it, was probably also one you saw coming from the start. These relationship ‘red flags’ present themselves early on, but of course, in the throes of buddying romance, we ignore them, our rose-coloured glasses turning the red into a warm and inviting shade of pink. 

Thankfully, those on Twitter are here to ensure you spot the red flags early in order to avoid the devastation that comes with wasted time and a broken heart. The red flag emoji has been taking over the Twitter world as people share the range of red flags they know now to avoid in relationships and dating. These are the warning signs in what people say and do that signal something more unfavourable, and in some instances such traits can even lead to deeper, even abusive characteristics. 

According to data released by Twitter, between October 10th and 13th, the app saw a 21 per cent increase in the red flag emoji usage, with a staggering 1.5 million tweets shared during this time. It appears that when it comes to red flags, we’ve all seen them and can either relate or offer up our own advice. While some of the Tweets can only garner an aggressive head nod in appreciation, others are more lighthearted and show the intensely personal nature of dating whereby something that might not affect someone else, proves disastrous for another. For instance, one Twitter user shared the Tweet, “I got an Android” and to be honest, yeah, we get it. Who wants to be living in that world of GREEN TEXT! Another shared, “Shrek is not that good.” Disliking Shrek? It’s impossible. 

Below are some of the best examples of the red flag Tweet we’ve seen.