Top 7 Ways to Beat your Stress

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Deep breathing: This is an easy stress reliever that has numerous benefits for the body, including oxygenating the blood, which "wakes up" the brain, relaxing muscles and calming the mind.

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Meditation: It builds on deep breathing, and takes it a step further. When you meditate, your brain enters an area of functioning that's similar to sleep, but carries some added benefits you can't achieve in any other state, including the release of certain hormones that promote health.

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Guided imagery: This is great way to leave your stress behind for a while and relax your body. Some find it easier to practice than meditation, as lots of us find it more appropriate to focus on `something' than on `nothing'.

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Exercise: Many people exercise to control weight and get in better physical condition to become healthier or physically attractive, but exercise provides a distraction from stressful situations, as well as an outlet for frustrations, and gives you a lift via endorphins as well.

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Sex: You probably already know that sex is a great tension reliever, but have you officially thought of it as a stress-relieving practice? Perhaps you should. The physical benefits of sex are numerous, and most of them work very well toward relieving stress.

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Music therapy: It has shown numerous health benefits for people with conditions ranging from mild (like stress) to serve (like cancer). When dealing with stress, the right music can actually lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind.

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Yoga: This is one of the oldest self improvement practices around, dating back over five thousand years! It combines the practices of several other stress management techniques such as breathing, meditation, imagery and movement, giving you a lot of benefit for the amount of time and energy required.
   
 
 

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