We all experience stress from time to time (perhaps daily). Problems at work, with the boss, mother-in-law, money, health – the list is endless. Whatever the cause, it is necessary to be able to control emotions and not be influenced by circumstances. Don’t have time for a 5K run or an hour at the gym? Here are some quick ways to help you relax: A great stress reliever. Hugging, your body produces the hormone oxytocin, which gives you a feeling of relaxation, trust. It is also wonderful that hugging your family and friends, you help relieve their stress as well. Communication with animals raises the level of serotonin and dopamine – neurotransmitters with calming properties. Stroking and caressing a beloved pet can quickly help us relax when we are stressed. If you don’t have time to meditate, try the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Sit in a chair or on the floor with your back straight. Inhale for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, inhale for a count of 8. Repeat for 5 minutes, this technique works. There are a number of so-called “traps” that will make bad thoughts leave you. Look forward to some good event in your life that is planned for the near future (a trip with your family to the country house, a wedding of friends next weekend, etc.). Also, visualization in memory of pleasant events of the past, the recollection of which causes you joyful emotions, works well.