By Shelley White
If you’re like many busy families, the advent of September means an end to the lazy, hazy days of summer and a return to the stressed-out, hustle and bustle of back-to-school (and back to work). But if you’re lamenting having to vacate your hammock and start worrying about things like homework and band practice, there are ways to relieve your anxiety without a pricey spa day. In fact, here are five pick-me-ups that are absolutely free:
If you’re looking for a cheap thrill, just click on your favorite playlist, throw on some headphones and crank up the tunes. As reported in Science Daily, a study published earlier this year by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University revealed that pleasurable music induces dopamine release in the same way that tangible rewards like food, drugs and sex can. The results, which were published in the journal, ‘Nature Neuroscience,’ showed that even the anticipation of pleasurable music (that is, music that induced “chills” in the study subjects) prompted dopamine release. So whether your tastes run to Robyn or Zeppelin or Josh Groban, kick out the jams and feel your bad mood melt away.