September 30, 2016

No. 7: Sleep Well

Getting a good night's sleep can help you fight stress the next day. Go for at least 7 hours a night.

Try these tips if you're having trouble:

  • Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day -- even on the weekends.

  • Avoid caffeine after...

September 26, 2016

No. 6: Talk Positively to Yourself

Being self-critical can add to your stress. So try the opposite approach. Help yourself relax by practicing positive self-talk.

Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. In other words, be the little engine that could. Tell yourself...

September 23, 2016

No. 5: Eat Well

Foods rich in vitamin C, like oranges and grapefruits, may help lower your stress hormones. Omega-3s, like those found in salmon and other fatty fish, as well nuts and seeds, may also be calming.

In general, fueling your body well with a balanced diet can...

September 19, 2016

No. 4: Practice Guided Imagery

This technique has the same relaxation benefits of deep breathing. Here's how it works:

  • Sit somewhere quiet and picture yourself in a calm and peaceful place, such as a beach. Imagine walking through this place and taking in its sights,...

September 16, 2016

No. 3: Exercise

To get your heart rate up with an aerobic exercise:

  • Walk

  • Cycle

  • Swim

Just 20 minutes a day will help calm your mind and lower stress hormones.

Exercise also boosts endorphins, brain chemicals that improve your mood. Even light exercise can r...

September 12, 2016

No. 2: Meditate

This ancient practice relaxes your mind and the body.

For several minutes each day, sit quietly and comfortably. While you do this, focus your mind on one of these things:

  • Your breathing

  • An object

  • A specific word or phrase (mantra)

As thoug...

September 9, 2016

No. 1: Breathe Deeply

This simple strategy is a powerful stress fighter. It helps you:

  • Lower stress hormones

  • Lower your heart rate

  • Bring down your blood pressure

Here's how to do it:

  1. Sit quietly with one hand on your stomach, the other on your chest.

  2. ...
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