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Step 5: Quit Freaking Out

It's ironic that one of the biggest energy consumers of our day has nothing to do with packed schedules or sweaty workouts. Little everyday stressors, like sitting in traffic, can cause a total energy meltdown. "Not at first," explains Kimberly Kingsley, author of The Energy Cure, "because your initial reaction to stress is that your body starts pumping the hormone cortisol into your bloodstream, giving you an adrenaline rush." Your heart rate rises, your muscles tense, and your mind goes on high alert. But the rush is unsustainable, and before long your energy starts to crash, leaving you feeling foggy and unfocused.

In fact, 76 percent of people in the United States feel the physical symptoms of stress, including fatigue, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association. "The minute anxiety causes your heart to start racing and your breathing to become shallow, begin taking deep, deliberate inhales and exhales," Kingsley says. "Focus on breathing in and out until your heart rate goes back to normal."

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sfox98 wrote:

This was great. The best article yet! Common sense things that anyone can do to feel better.

9/23/2013 08:19:51 AM Report Abuse
muirini wrote:

Excellent article. I didn't know that about TV. I limit my watching to 1 or 2 hours, and treat it as resting before bed. Guess I'll try something else and see if I have more energy.

9/22/2013 11:03:53 AM Report Abuse
Hailleymari wrote:

I love these ideas! Will give them a try :)

6/18/2012 09:53:00 AM Report Abuse
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1/13/2012 03:43:25 PM Report Abuse
Sassie65 wrote:

Thank you! I am planning to put these steps into action starting today. The biggest eye opener was Step 6, I am the worst with this one, especially the self Forgiveness part.

6/12/2011 11:04:13 AM Report Abuse

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