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How to Relieve Stress Naturally

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How to De-Stress Your Spirit

Confide in Your Journal

Why is it that every time you feel stressed someone tells you to jot down your feelings? Well -- because it works! Writing about a traumatic event, and what you plan to do about it, reduces levels of anxiety, according to researchers at the University of Amsterdam.

Hang with Happy People

Like your friend with an infectious laugh or your buddy who can belch the entire "Star-Spangled Banner." Our happiness is contingent on how connected we feel to a network of positive-thinking friends, finds a new study. "If someone you have direct contact with is happy, it increases the likelihood that you'll be happy by about 15 percent," says James H. Fowler, PhD, an associate professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego and principal investigator for the study.

Draw, Paint, Dance

No one is saying you have to be Basquiat by day and Alvin Ailey by night -- just do your own thing. "Artistic activities may reduce stress because you're able to access the creative part of your brain to express your thoughts and feelings rather than relying on words, which most of us usually do," Dr. Lausier says.

Listen to Music

Ever notice how your dentist cranks up Chopin before jackhammering your gums? Rest assured, he's only trying to help. Studies show that playing music can reduce perceived psychological stress. Now that's reason for an encore!

"If U Leave" - Musiq Soulchild featuring Mary J. Blige

Musiq Soulchild - On My Radio - If U Leave (feat. Mary J. Blige)

"Don't" - Billy Currington

Billy Currington - Little Bit of Everything - Don't


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2009.


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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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