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posted by caleytru in Lifestyle

Expert tips to reduce stress

April 6, 2012

Every now and then we all need reminders on how to reduce stress. Here are 10 expert tips on how to do just that:

1. Drink tea- Chamomile tea is a gentle relaxant that acts as a nerve tonic and a sleeping aid. If you experience a long day and can't seem to calm down, brew yourself a nice cup of chamomile tea with some added honey for a boost of nutrients.

2. Say no to coffee - Limit your intake of caffeine to de-stress. It can contribute to nervousness and mood swings.

3. Avoid processed foods- Processed foods can create stress on the digestive system. These foods include artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, fried foods, junk/fast foods, sugar, white flour products, and foods that contain preservatives.

4. Eat ginger- The next time you are feeling stressed or tired from anxiety, reach for some ginger. There is nothing like a little spice to perk you up.

5. Have some flaxseed oil- Flaxseed oil has also been known to help improve moods and boost brain function.

6. Just breathe- Deep breathing instantly calms you down, and sometimes imagining that you're blowing out any stress or negative feelings helps!

7. Unplug- Even unplugging for 30 minutes a day can help you relax.

8. Get moving- Exercising sounds counterintuitive since it's the opposite of relaxing, but working up a good sweat helps you sleep deeper and feel more relaxed at night. Even a few stretches before bed can help you relax and fall asleep quicker.

9. Analyze- Learning to recognize the signs of stress is also a good strategy. That way, you can bypass it if you know it's coming.

10. Take a day off- Your boss may not agree, but taking a personal day or even a half day can do wonders if you're stressed out.

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