Six soothing strategies to tame stress


Stream a de-stressor

Netflix-bingeing has always been a hobby of mine, when I’m able to steal some downtime on the couch. And now with so many streaming channels—Amazon, Apple, Hulu, Prime Video, and more—the options are endless. While I love a good murder mystery, comedies and laughter is the best medicine in this instance. I tune into personal faves, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Schitt’s Creek or one of the classics (like The Office, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development), and suddenly, the whole crew’s watching, huge grins on their faces, feeling more at ease. Research shows we’re onto something—laughter can help minimize the stress response. It decreases heart rate and blood pressure. It stimulates circulation and relaxes muscles. The result: You feel relaxed and less stressed. Ah, that’s something to smile about!