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5-Minute Stress Relief Strategies

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Updated July 11, 2014

5-Minute Stress Relief Strategies
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Five-minute stress relievers can be extremely handy. Here are more useful ideas that come in fives.

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Much of the damage of stress comes from chronic stress, the condition that occurs when your body's stress response is triggered so much that your body stays in a state of near-constant stress. (In fact, often people are in 'stress mode' and don't even know it!) Fortunately for all of us, we can reverse this state of stress if we know what to do--and it can happen pretty quickly.  This article provides information and resources to help you calm down quickly when stressed, reversing that stressed state in minutes.  You'll also find ways to improve your life--all in groups of five.  See what works for you now, and tuck away the rest for another time when you need to feel less stressed.  If you do nothing else in the way of stress management, this important first step can be one of the best for your health!

5-Minute Stress Relief Strategies
Many people find themselves reacting to stress in less-than-optimal ways because they feel they don't have time to learn new stress management strategies that may be more effective.  How about strategies that take a mere five minutes?  Learn these quick and convenient stress relievers and you'll find that it gets easier and easier to respond to stress in healthy ways.  See what works best for you!

5 Ways to Calm Down Quickly
An important key to reversing the effects of chronic stress is to learn how to reverse your stress response easily. Breathing exercises can reverse your stress response regardless of where you are, and can be mastered in minutes.  Learn more about breathing exercises and other ways that you can calm your body's physiology and reverse your stress response in five minutes or less.  You'll also find a more in-depth explanation of why this is so important.

5 Ways to Simplify Life
Simplifying your life is an effective way to relieve stress for two reasons.  First, a simpler lifestyle can naturally cut out stressors that would otherwise contribute to already-too-high stress levels, giving you less to juggle.  And second, more time in your schedule and less clutter in your life means you're more freed up to practice resilience-promoting stress-relieving habits that can help you let new stressors roll off of your back more easily.  In both ways, you win!  Learn how to simplify, simply.

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