Ever felt like you just can't unwind after a demanding week? That's because stress triggers your body's fight or flight response: your adrenaline starts pumping, your heart beats faster, and your blood pressure rises, explains Ash Nadkarni, M.D., an associate psychiatrist at Brigham & Women's Hospital. "Long-term overexposure to stress hormones can cause increased risk of health problems such as anxiety, depression, heart disease, weight gain, and memory and concentration problems," Dr. Nadkarni adds.
That's not exactly a relaxing thought. So what should you do when calming classics like downward-facing dog and chamomile tea don't work? Check out these alternative ways to de-stress recommended by experts and recent studies.