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Kiss Your Stress Goodbye

A recent study has revealed that stress level in today’s life has increased by more than 18% for women and 24% for men as compared to 1983. When you think about all the modern conveniences that have come around since then, stress levels should have gone down right? Research shows that younger generation is under more stress than their older counterparts, most probably because they’ve got much more problems and their whole lives ahead of them. Here is a list of things that can help relieve your stress regardless of age.

What I’ve noticed is that the biggest stress-buster is physical activity. When you feel like you are too stressed out and you can’t think straight, take a walk, preferably through a park. Research has proven that green colours soothe the mind and a walk will help get the blood flowing and thus reduce stress. You can even try mild exercises in your work place but it would always be better to go outside. Wander the streets for a while and take in all the colours, even a simple walk is exercise so you’ll feel much better and relaxed when you are back.

Next, music. For centuries, people have been using music as a way to relax and it’s a great way to reduce your stress. Get your iPod or mp3 player loaded with plenty of relaxing, soothing instruments and listen to them when you feel stressed out. You can even try sounds of nature such the sound of rain-something I find very relaxing any time of the day.

Laugh your stress away. Laughter is the best medicine you can have for stress and it really doesn’t matter how you get your laughs as long as it is not hurting anyone. Buy yourself a book of silly jokes and imagine telling stupid jokes to people you know and their faces reacting. I’m sure you’ll be laughing just a few pages in. You can also try renting your favourite funny movie or watch some really old sitcoms to relive that killer stress.

No matter how huge your problems are, remember that nothing is worth having to go through life stressed out. Stress causes physical and mental fatigue and the faster you deal with it, the better. Hope these suggestions do help you when you are stressed out :-)

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