I’m a doctor and here’s a trick that will help you calm down immediately

LIFE can be stressful and taking time to relax can be tough.

Many people may not have the opportunity to take a long bath or a calming walk, leading to a build-up of stress.

Stress is a normal emotion and affects many people - but it can be dangerous if you can't control it

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Stress is a normal emotion and affects many people – but it can be dangerous if you can’t control itPhoto credit: Getty
dr Karan Rajan shared his best quick calming techniques

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dr Karan Rajan shared his best quick calming techniquesPhoto credit: tiktok.com/@dr.karanr

But one doctor has unveiled an instant tool that will help you calm down — which is great for those of us short on time.

In a post on TikTok, Dr. Karan Rajan that there are some techniques you can use to help you relax – and at the same time improve your resilience to stress.

“Try humming for 10 seconds, gargle some water in your throat, or just sing.

“When you do any of these, you activate the muscles at the back of your throat and the vocal cords that connect to the vagus nerve.

“Vagal tone increases, making it easier for you to enter a parasympathetic state and feel more relaxed.”

He added that there is also a bonus benefit when it comes to using these techniques.

“It also increases your heart rate variability. Higher heart rate variability means your body is better able to adapt to stressful situations,” he said.

It’s important that you take action when you’re struggling with stress.

The NHS says that while stress is a normal and common feeling, physical symptoms can arise when it gets out of control.

The guidelines state that the physical signs of stress include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • muscle tension
  • Pains
  • chest pain
  • stomach problems
  • fast heartbeat
  • sexual problems.

When it comes to signs you can’t see, you may also have trouble concentrating and may also have trouble making decisions.

The condition contributes to more deaths than any other condition and is linked to 60 percent of diseases.

dr Zoe Williams previously explained that stress was used as a tool to help our ancestors make split-second decisions about whether to stay and fend off enemies or run away and live to fight another day.

She said: “The problem is that the world we live in has evolved, but we humans and our response to stress have not.

“So when you’re having a bad day at work, your body experiences the same physiological changes.

“But with one big difference.

“Where the body of our ancestors used stress to its advantage, today it has a negative effect.

“The chronic stress of the 21st century means our bodies are constantly producing harmful inflammatory chemicals that have a number of effects on the body.”

dr Zoe added that stress can contribute to dangerous fat wrapping around your organs, as well as increasing your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

It can also make us crave high-calorie, sugary foods and increase the risk of depression and anxiety.

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