To reduce your stress level at least a little, you can use these simple methods that require almost no effort from you, and the benefits can be significant.

Four remedies to improve mood and well-being are offered by Womans World.

Fluffy socks help to deepen sleep

Everyone knows how important a good sound sleep is for the health of the soul and body.

If you don't sleep well enough, try going to bed in fluffy socks.

The cool weather makes this time of year perfect to start this habit.

If you wear socks to bed, you will enjoy a deeper sleep.

Researchers reporting in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that warming the toes helped people fall asleep faster, slept 32 minutes longer and reduced the risk of restless sleep by up to 50 percent.

The sensation of cozy feet involves nerves in the brain called thermosensitive neurons that cause deep, sound sleep.

A handful of nuts prevents colds

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The last thing you need right now is a runny nose or a sore throat.

In order not to get sick, you only need to add a handful of nuts to your daily diet.

Eating a handful of any type of nut every day appears to halve the risk of seasonal colds and complications from viral infections by 68 percent, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

Nuts are rich in magnesium, a powerful mineral that strengthens airways, energizes virus-killing T cells, and suppresses the immune system's release of proteins known as inflammatory cytokines that cause pain.

Gratitude relieves stress

Simply pausing before each meal to think of someone or something you're grateful for can reduce nervousness, irritability, and bad moods by as much as 80 percent.

These are the words of researchers from the University of California, Davis, who say that even short breaks for gratitude or prayer relax tense muscles, lower blood pressure and slow the release of stress hormones.

Rubbing with lavender relieves pain

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If spending too much time on your feet causes muscle spasms and pain, massaging sensitive areas with a few drops of lavender essential oil mixed with body lotion can relieve the condition in just one minute.

And if you make it a daily habit, you'll relieve pain just as effectively as a pain reliever, according to a study conducted in Brazil.

Linalool in lavender acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.

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