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How to Relieve Stress Naturally

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How to De-Stress Your Body

Get a Rubdown

It's four months into the new year, and you're still carrying the 20 pounds you resolved to lose. Negative self-talk will get you nowhere. Instead, head to the nearest spa for a massage. When stressed-out ER nurses received twice-weekly chair massages, their tension levels dropped significantly, according to researchers at Griffith University in Australia. Go to massagetherapy.com to find a practitioner in your area.

Move It!

The endorphins released during workouts make you feel great! The proof: Volunteers who signed up for a three-month stress-management course that included hourlong workouts of walking, jogging, and dancing not only lowered their cardiovascular-disease risk but also eased their anxiety and depression. Dodge your next stress attack by taking the dog for a run. Or crank up your Beyonce CD and shake your hips like a backup dancer.

Make Time for Tea

Brits appear composed for a reason. It turns out that people who drink black tea have lower cortisol levels compared with those drinking a tea substitute. Our advice: Brew, steep, and sip up, but skip the scone.

Canoodle with a Labradoodle

Researchers at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York found that pet owners have higher heart-rate variability (the greater the variability, the better the heart is able to respond to varying demands) compared with that of non-pet owners. Moreover, recent studies have found that people with pets have lower blood pressure than the rest of the population. One explanation: Pets provide constant companionship and unconditional affection.

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fscmt1 wrote:

I agree totally with what your article states. I just wish I knew how to turn off the Cortisol.

12/3/2013 12:14:39 PM Report Abuse
snehaclass12 wrote:

stress is good and an indicative of a healthy life-doctors say!!!!deep breathing and a meditative posture can leach out all our stress thus boosting our confidence just before a big presentation

7/11/2013 11:16:25 PM Report Abuse
huhnjill wrote:

@hannahbutter:It's a lifelong thing, you can't expect these ideas to work after one try!

8/31/2011 10:04:48 PM Report Abuse
hannahbutter wrote:

this article was not at all helpful. i still feel like my stress will never be cured

11/5/2010 06:42:49 AM Report Abuse

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