5 Quick Relaxation Techniques

When the going gets tough, chill yourself out.

  • Valerie Rains

Tap a pressure point. Using your thumb, apply pressure to the spot where your wrist and palm form a crease right in line with the base of the pinkie. Hold or gently massage for two minutes.

Take an Epsom-salt bath. The magnesium sulfate in the salts (available at drugstores) works as a subtle muscle relaxer.

Sip (and sniff) tea. Chamomile is not the only option. Experts also tout the calming properties of passionflower, valerian root, and Siberian ginseng.

Mist your face. A cucumber-scented spray can reduce anxiety and hydrate skin. A win-win. Lather Cucumber & Ginseng facial mist, $14, lather.com.

Strike a pose. One no-coordination-required yoga move that encourages relaxation: Lie on your back with your rear against a wall and your legs straight up. Rest your arms out to the sides and breathe slowly for one minute (or 15).