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13 WAYS TO INCREASE HAPPINESS & COMBAT STRESS

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Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life.
Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.
Here we offer some ways to overcome the pressure.
 
1. Take a 10 min walk
A quiet, relaxing stroll can do wonders to your body and mind, preferably in a park or an open green space, which can put your body into a state of harmony.
 
2. Breathe in DEEP and breathe out stress
It’s a well known fact that the breath holds an important place in our bodily health. So it comes as no surprise that breathing exercises can help you relax and nourish the body. You may not take this seriously but even just a few deep breaths can help you reduce tension and relieve stress.
 
3. Take a snack break
Treat yourself to something sweet- a candy or chocolate or a drink. It will soothe your senses resulting in the secretion of a stress hormone called glucocorticoid.
 
4. Chew a gum
Sure chewing gum freshens up your breath, but did you know studies have suggested that the act of chewing gum reduces stress and anxiety by reducing the cortisol levels.
 
5. Vent it out – in written words
Writing has a meditative and reflective effect on your mind. When you write down your thoughts on a piece of paper you are able to reflect upon it, introspect and put things in perspective.
 
6. Visualise
However confusing it may seem, it is said that visualizing a calm, beautiful and peaceful scene can help you reduce the stress level and ease anxiety.
 
7. Exercise
This is good news for all the fitness lovers. Exercising during stress, even for few minutes, releases a rush of endorphins, which keeps the pain of stress in check.
 
8. Have a good hearty laugh
Do ANYTHING that can make you laugh out loud! Anything, like a viral video, call a funny friend, watch a good comedy. A good laugh is a lighter relaxation technique. “Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain,” explains the Mayo Clinic.
 
 
Special thanks to an author Jade Small
 
 
 
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