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Stress Management Techniques

For a phenomenon experienced by everybody at one point or another, stress goes largely ignored while it takes its toll on the body and mind of those affected.

Stress affects approximately 77 percent of the population regularly, and about 33 percent of people report living with extreme stress. Stress is often referred to as a silent killer, because it is linked to other serious health issues including heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol and irregular heart rates. Stress can also cause unwanted side effects including chest pain, sleep disorders or infertility issues.

We care that you are happy and healthy, so if you are dealing with stress, please try these methods for reducing stress in your life.

Keeping your mind, body and spirit healthy

Exercise daily. It’s no secret that exercise has many health benefits, but it has also proven to be one of the most effective stress-management practices. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins in the brain which act as natural painkillers that reduce stress.

Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep is directly correlated to higher stress levels. Studies show that even one night of sleep deprivation can negatively affect brain function. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Connect with friends and family. Whether you’re venting about your stresses, chatting about everyday life or just engaging in small talk, sometimes even a little human interaction can improve your mood and reduce overall stress levels.

Give up bad habits. Smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeine consumption all increase blood pressure, which can contribute to stress.

Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, massage, tai chi, yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature can be helpful in reducing stress.

Get organized. Extra clutter or a hectic schedule can make you feel like you’re living in chaos. Try to declutter your home or use an agenda or planner to keep your tasks and commitments organized.

Practice aromatherapy. Look into the use of essential oils for stress reduction. Several scents such as lavender, orange, peppermint, rose, ylang ylang or chamomile can help ease stress and anxiety.

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