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Seven ways to Reduce Stress

Breathe

It has been found that controlled breathing exercises play a role in decreasing stress. To start, inhale for a count of six, then exhale for a count of six through the nose. This will help to calm the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress.

Exercise

Exercise is one of the quickest and most accessible methods of combating stress and improving well-being. Try to be active daily. It is recommended that adults, aged 19 to 64, should do at least 25 minutes of moderate aerobic activity six days a week, and strength exercises on two or more days.

Laugh

Researchers have found laughter plays a role in reducing symptoms of depression, fatigue and helps to decrease stress overall. Perhaps it really is the best medicine.

Scents

Studies have suggested aroma inhalation could be a very effective stress management method. Synthetic fragrances are toxic, so essential oils are a great natural option. Good essential oils for reducing stress include lavender, frankincense, rose, chamomile and vanilla.

Relax

Massage therapy has been shown to significantly reduce stress reduce both physical and psychological stress.

Sleep

Getting adequate amounts of sleep helps your body better manage stress. Researchers have found associations between nighttime sleep, napping behavior, and levels of salivary cortisol.

Snuggle

Acts of intimacy have been reported to positively affect stress levels. A 2009 study published in the Western Journal of Communication found couples who kiss more often experienced improvements in perceived stress, relationship satisfaction, and total serum cholesterol. Likewise, research has found affectionate relationships with frequent warm partner contact may contribute to lower reactivity to stress as well as increased levels of oxytocin.