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Give these to­tal-body de-stres­sors a whirl.

MEN­TAL NOTES If a first-class ticket to Ibiza isn’t in the cards now that you’ve re-upped your fall­shoe game, you can still bring a lit­tle bit of that Balearic chill into your life by stream­ing tunes from cafedel­ or by down­load­ing the monthly dig­i­tal playlist, both of which are in­tended to put you in a sun­set-view­ing state of mind. Café del Mar, Ibiza’s orig­i­nal sun­set bar, is an im­pos­si­bly gor­geous spot known as much for its beau­ti­ful people and pic­turesque views as its stress-re­duc­ing beats. When was the last time you watched the sun go down and went to a Brit­ney-with-an-um­brella place? We thought so.

DEEP BREATH “Med­i­ta­tion helps to re­set the stress re­sponse,” says Donielle Wil­son, a natur­o­pathic doc­tor and the au­thor of The Stress Rem­edy. “When your brain per­ceives some­thing stress­ful—whether it’s a ma­jor cri­sis or sim­ply a change in rou­tine—it trig­gers the pro­duc­tion of the stress hor­mones cor­ti­sol and adrenalin.” El­e­vated cor­ti­sol can neg­a­tively af­fect your di­ges­tion, im­mune sys­tem, ner­vous sys­tem and hor­mones, “all of which can lead to skin is­sues.” If a lot­tery win—and the care­free jet-set life that it of­fers—isn’t in your fu­ture, you can cost-ef­fec­tively lower your cor­ti­sol lev­els by med­i­tat­ing for at least 15 min­utes a day.

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