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How to Destress Through Your 5 Senses

Destress your mind and soul through your body's five senses.
photo by Dakila Angeles
  1. Taste
    Scientists have proven that there is a link between eating certain types of food and our current state of mind. Eating foods rich in magnesium, such as bananas, walnuts, and vegetables reduce anxiety and help you sleep better. Chocolate contains serotonin that serves as the perfect remedy when you're down. Drinking two glasses of fresh orange juice has also been proven to diminish bad moods since lack of vitamin C could provoke irritability. Another interesting fact is that eating ice cream can make you happy! Researchers at London's Institute of Psychiatry claim that eating ice cream has an immediate effect on the brain's pleasure zones.

  2. Sight
    Sometimes, a change of scenery and a little imagination can do the trick. Distract yourself by taking a short walk, going window-shopping, or focusing on a beloved picture. You can also try to create a mental picture of a pleasant and relaxing place. Colors also have psychological effects. Yellow is an uplifting color that builds self-confidence and encourages optimism. Green creates feelings of relaxation and calmness, while blue inspires mental control, clarity, and creativity.

  3. Touch
    A quick massage can treat a stiff neck, sore shoulders, and headaches.
    It won't be too difficult to locate your pressure points whenever you're stressed, since they become tense and sore. Find the stiff spot, then press your finger in and up toward the opposite side. Apply pressure on the area for a minute or until you feel it start to relax.

  4. Smell
    A good scent can change your mood and help you relax.
    Smells from scented candles, massage oils, or even Mom's cooking can make you feel good. Aromatherapy is a popular way of using good smells to help you relax. Lavender, cucumber, and green apple scents do the trick. Another alternative is to take a long, deep breath, hold for a few seconds, and slowly exhale through your nose. By repeating this several times, you bring more oxygen into your bloodstream, making you feel more relaxed.

  5. Sound
    Peace and quiet help some people deal with stress while others turn to music.
    Studies have shown that melodies not only increase your energy levels but also help change your mood. Music causes your brain to release endorphines that create a relaxation response. Try popping in a Jack Johnson CD! It'll make you sit back, relax, and imagine a day on the beach! 
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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