Stress seems to come from every area of life, even the happiest of situations can cause some stress. Instead of letting stress take control of your life, take control of it. Take a page from the children’s life book and laugh more. Children laugh roughly twenty times more than adults. Laughing can lower both adrenaline and cortisol levels (two stress hormones). Learn a few jokes, not just for adults but children too. Nothing’s more precious than hearing a child laugh. Breathe out the bad energy. Ever catch yourself stressing out at work? Relax and take some deep breaths- inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. This allows more oxygen to flow through the body and slows down your heart rate so you don’t feel the flight or fight response from getting worked up.

Working out is a perfect way to control stress. Not only do the benefits strengthen the body and mind but working out produces endorphins and eases anxiety. Working out doesn’t have to be an intense session with the punching bag, but make sure it’s enough to feel it at least a little bit. If you find your feet are hurting from standing at work all day (nurses, doctors, waitresses, teachers, whatever the occupation may be), roll your feet on a rolling pin to release the tension. Again this releases endorphins making you happy. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night as lack of sleep can stress the body and mind out even more and have a much more intense effect when dealing with situations. Stress is normal, but it’s important to maintain a healthy balance leaving you both happy and healthy.

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