Nearly Effortless Ways to Relieve Stress

Washing dishes by hand can help you relieve stress because of the mix of soap and warm water. Pixabay.

Wash the Dishes

No, this isn’t a joke. Don’t press the back button yet because it’s true. Washing the dishes, not placing them in the dishwasher, but washing them by hand, can help you feel less stressed. One reason for this is because the smell of soap, along with the warm water, decreases anxiety. One study showed a decrease of 27%. 

Try it for one night. If you’re feeling overly stressed, push aside your dishwasher and wash your dishes by hand. Focus on the smell of the soap and the warm water on your hands. If you have a window near your kitchen sink, take time to snoop a bit.