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20 Guaranteed Ways To Reduce Stress!
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Published: Nov 1, 2015

Work problems, relationship problems, financial issues – everyone gets stressed out at some point or another in their lives. What you need to know about stress is that you don’t necessarily have to take pills to reduce it. Here’s a list of easy things you can do to reduce stress:

1. Listen to music

Music triggers biochemical stress reducers.

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2. Talk it out

Hashing it out with a friend can be a great way to work through your issues.

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3. Laugh it off

Laughing reduces stress both momentarily and long-term by reducing your stress hormones and upping your outlook on life.

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4. Exercise

That post-exercise endorphin rush is one way to sharply cut stress.

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5. Meditation and yoga

The combination of deep breathing techniques and poses makes this activity work to reduce stress.

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6. Sleep better

Make it a point to get the doctor-recommended seven to eight hours of sleep.

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7. Chew gum

Studies suggest that the act of chewing gum can reduce cortisol levels, helping to alleviate stress.

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8. Get a massage

Getting a good massage may do more than alleviate physical pain.

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9. Keep a journal

Keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects.

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10. Get a pet

Petting an animal for just a few minutes can reduce stress. Don’t believe me? Try it!

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11. Have orange juice

Orange juice reduces stress by lowering levels of stress hormones, including cortisol. Two glasses per day should do the trick.

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12. Scream out loud

When you feel like you’re about to explode, screaming is a cathartic and secretly exhilarating way to release all your frustrations.

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13. Swear

Even if the object or person of your frustration isn’t around, swearing has been shown to be a great stress reliever.

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14. Go on a vacation

Mini-trips are great for recharging your batteries. So take a long weekend, or just head out on a day trip.

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15. Dance like no one is watching

Dancing relieves tension. Forget about if you’re any good at it and just let loose!

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16. Bring out the scented candles

Studies suggest aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress. Certain aromas (like lavender) have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels.

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17. Break something

Shattering an object is a fun, cathartic way to reduce stress. Just make sure it’s an object you don’t want or need.

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18. Drink some tea

study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and greater feelings of relaxation.

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19. Hug someone

Hugging may actually reduce blood pressure and stress levels in adults.

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20. Be intimate with your significant other

Studies have shown that sex and kissing can decrease the physical symptoms of stress, like a lower diastolic blood pressure.

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Make your life a little less stressful! Be HAPPY!

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