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Less stress is under 1 minute.

Here are 9 ways to have less stress in under a minute.

  1. Breathe. Take a big breath in and feel your stomach muscles relax. Hold it for a moment. Purse your lips, and blow your breath out slowly as if you are blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Feel your stomach muscles tighten as you empty your breath. Do it again 2 times or more if needed.
  2. Smile- even if you don’t feel like smiling! Smiling releases natural chemicals that lowers blood pressure and increases relaxation.
  3. Relax your Mouth. Let your tongue go relax and slightly open your mouth. This sends a message to your brain to turn off the stress hormones.
  4. Laugh! Laughing increases blood flow and boosts your ability to fight sickness.
  5. Give yourself a hug. Hugging releases hormones that keep you healthier.
  6. Shrug your shoulders. Bring your shoulders up to your ears for a slow count of 5, then release.
  7. Exercise. Do some quick squats, jumping jacks, running in place, etc.…Exercise releases chemicals that help with depression.
  8. Peel an orange – seriously! Then inhale the smell. Research shows that the smell of citrus relaxes people.
  9. Say Thank You. Really. Think of things you are grateful for. It is a well-known stress reducer.

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