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Why You Stress and How to Stop

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My Mini Vacation Trick

"If I want to see a stressed-out woman, all I need to do is look in the mirror. I have two kids under the age of 2. A husband. A dog. A full-time job. Like the 51 percent of women who said in a recent survey that they're concerned about the amount of stress in their lives, I feel consumed with chores and errands. No wonder we're frazzled.

"I discovered the secret to stopping the insanity from my husband. At home he's always so calm and relaxed. He throws on his sweats, plays with the kids, and just enjoys some downtime. The man is onto something. Every now and then you need to take a break. Give yourself a mini vacation from all the little stresses in your life. No, it's not quite like having sand between your toes or a pina colada in your hand, but boy does it feel good!

-- Susan Koeppen, consumer correspondent for CBS News' The Early Show and a FITNESS contributor

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2007.


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