STRESS-BUST­ING TIPS

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Eat right: In­clude ava­ri­ety of nutri­ent-dense fruits and veg­eta­bles daily that help fight in­flam­ma­tion.

Curb your vices: Con­sider how the use of caf­feine, ni­co­tine or sugar may be work­ing against your goals for a health­ier life­style. Try in­cor­po­rat­ing daily

med­i­ta­tion: Try out one of the many smart­phone apps like Headspace and Calm that help with teach­ing, sched­ul­ing and ad­vanc­ing med­i­ta­tion prac­tices.

Un­plug: Give your­self time be­fore bed to dis­con­nect from tech­nol­ogy such as cell phones, com­put­ers and tele­vi­sion to help set the stage for rest­ful sleep. Start a food jour­nal:

Con­sider log­ging your eat­ing habits to help un­cover pat­terns be­tween how you feel and what you eat. Use ex­er­cise to help man­age stress: Ac­tiv­i­ties like yoga, tai chi and swim­ming that in­volve in­ten­tional breath­ing can play a ben­e­fi­cial

role in stress re­duc­tion.

Laugh it off: So­cial­iz­ing with fam­ily and friends can help with cop­ing and may boost self-es­teem. Stay open-minded: Try

al­ter­na­tive stress re­duc­tion meth­ods like mas­sage, acu­pres­sure, art ther­apy, aro­mather­apy and hyp­no­sis.

Ask for help: If your stress is un­man­age­able and you could ben­e­fit from sup­port, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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