By Meredith Janson
The kids are clamoring for dinner, your mother calls to say she needs you to pick up her prescription right this minute, and your neck and shoulders are in knots.
How to Stress Less: Give yourself a mini-massage.
"It's a fail-safe way to reduce your heart rate, slow the release of stress hormones, and boost serotonin," says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Try this anywhere, anytime shoulder stretch from Katy Dreyfus, author of The Massage Deck (Chronicle Books). Tilt your head to the right. With your right hand, press into the muscles between your left shoulder and base of the neck. As you squeeze, rotate the left shoulder in small circles. Repeat on the other side.