10 De-stressing Methods Put to the Test


By: , – Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day
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From relationship troubles to overwhelming workloads, lots of things can stress you out. Thankfully, there are a slew of strategies that promise to help you feel better fast. But do all of them really work? We challenged real women to try out 10 of the most recommended stress busters

Peel an Orange and Eat It

Why It’s Supposed to Work: Peeling releases a satisfying scent and triggers you to anticipate the refreshment of the fruit, says Coral Arvon, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Aventura, FL. Once you eat it, your blood vessels relax and blood pressure lowers, adds Nieca Goldberg, MD, Medical Director of the Joan H. Tisch NYU Langone Center for Women’s Health in New York City. 

Real Result: Shaunte Wadley, 40, of Lehi, UT found this stress buster “surprisingly relaxing” when she focused on nothing but the fruit. Edilma Romero, 60, of Yonkers, NY, also found the experience favorable, but she wasn’t as shocked: She eats an orange every day. 
Stretch Your Arms to the Sky

Why It's Supposed to Work: If your job requires you to sit all day, standing up, stretching your arms and spreading your fingers toward the ceiling can fill your body with mood-boosting endorphins, making you feel happy and free, says Dr. Arvon. To get the most out of this de-stressor, Jane Ehrman, a behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, suggests taking a full breath as you reach up and slowly exhaling as you bring your arms down.

Real Result: Success! Wadley rarely takes breaks from her desk job, so her hands get knotted up from typing. "I never think about them carrying stress, but spreading my fingers felt good." Both Wadley and Romero found repeating the technique and concentrating while they did it

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  • 12
    i've read before that lifting your gaze and arms to the sky opens you up - 11/27/2017   9:39:24 AM
    The orange sounds interesting - 1/3/2014   9:44:08 AM
  • 10
    Exercise - 12/9/2013   11:51:15 PM
    Another trick is ASMR videos. They are pretty new so not too many people have heard about it yet. - 9/20/2013   10:55:56 AM
    It's an interesting concept that peeling oranges help, but thinking about when I am peeling an orange, I get excited quietly in my head to taste it. So I can see how this would work :) Doing it more often!!! :) - 4/23/2013   12:39:21 PM
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    The "peel an orange" method reminds me of a discussion in Psych class about mindfulness. The teacher told us a story of an old man who would leave his workplace at lunch and go to the park. He would eat only an orange, taking his time to peel it, enjoy the scent, enjoy the sounds and smells of the outdoors, and spend 30 minutes simply eating an orange. He always went back to work more refreshed than his coworkers who would go out to a busy steakhouse every day. - 4/19/2013   10:17:48 AM
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    I've never heard of the peeling orange thing, but it makes sense. Whenever I do that, I absolutely love the smell. Feels vacation-y. My favorite way to destress at home, though, is to sit with my cat. Too bad I can't bring her to work! - 4/18/2013   11:48:23 AM
  • 5
    Petting my daughter's Maine Coon she loves me. She is bothering me right now. - 4/17/2013   8:39:03 PM
  • 4
    Interesting... I've never heard of the orange peeling one. When I stretch it relaxes tensed muscles for me, helps me feel better. - 4/16/2013   9:56:57 AM
  • 3
    Interesting about the orange, I try to some stress busting exercises when I get to work first thing in the morning, and I do some deep breathing in my car on the way to work. I have a stressful job so I actively work on that all of the time. - 4/16/2013   9:12:16 AM
  • 2
    It helps for about 2 minutes..................... - 4/15/2013   10:29:24 PM
  • 1
    I'm going to peel an orange right now- by hand only. - 4/15/2013   8:46:01 PM

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