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The Top 5 Ways to Reduce Stress

(Dr. John Pierce) We all know that stress can have a negative impact on our minds and our bodies. It can increase our risk for heart attack and stroke, and it can also detract from our quality of life and from our mental well-being. Constant stress can chip away at our relationships and even prevent us from succeeding in our careers. Most importantly, stress prevents us from being present, joyful, and connected to the world around us…
Luckily, there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce stress and improve your quality of life. Consider the following:
1. Exercise. Getting active is probably one of the best things you can do to decrease stress… It can also protect against anxiety and depression.
2. Consider adding supplements to your diet… For example, you might consider phosphatidylserine, lemon balm, or kava kava root. Vitamin D … vitamin E … vitamin C… Just be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning taking any vitamins or supplements.
3. Reconsider your diet. If you want to enjoy heart-healthy food without sacrificing taste, you might try the Mediterranean diet….
4. Get plenty of sleep. A lack of sleep can take a toll on our mental well-being…
5. Try visualizing with a breathing exercise. When you feel overwhelmed by stress, picture a place that makes you happy and restful, whether it's a snowy mountaintop, a peaceful ocean, or even just your childhood home. Take a deep breath in through your mouth and as you do so, repeat a positive mantra.
Community: There are many practical things we can do to reduce stress.
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