Splashing Your Face With Water Actually Does Calm You Down

Have you ever seen people splash their face with water in TV or film? It may look dramatic, but it works.

If you want to make yourself feel better ASAP, technique is the way to go. Liz Kelly, a therapist with mental health platform Talkspace, says the mammalian diving response can be done in the pool, ocean, or sink.

Here’s why it works: the diving reflex triggers a host of soothing responses throughout the body, quieting the nervous system. If you need more work than that to keep calm, talk therapy helps along with splashing your face.