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8 Easy Ways to Beat Stress

(SouthBeachDiet.com) You’re exercising, eating healthy meals, and snacking smart, at least most of the time. But when you get stressed out (and who doesn’t!), you may be tempted to mindlessly munch on whatever’s on hand — which of course can derail your diet if it happens too often. The solution? Stop stress in its tracks and stay focused on your weight loss goals by adopting some workarounds.
Don’t skip meals and snacks. Choose foods that will fill you up and keep you energized and that may have a calming effect…
Get moving…  Even moderate exercise seems to reduce stress, so it pays to start moving…
Spell it out on paper. Writing down everything you eat in a food journal makes you more aware of mindless eating…
Breathe deeply. Anyone can learn deep breathing, and it’s free!...
Take a music break. Research indicates that music stimulates the production of opiates and endorphins, the “feel good” hormones in our bodies…
Get some scents. Aromatherapy can be an effective stress reduction technique, and certain aromas, like lavender, bergamot, vanilla, or rose, are especially effective for enhancing relaxation…
Get yourself into some hot water. Maybe it’s a long, steamy shower or perhaps a relaxing bubble bath…
Go for a massage. Besides feeling great, a massage can be effective at reducing muscle tension and stress, some research shows.
Community: There are many practical things we can do to reduce stress.
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