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Stress-LLarticleIs stress killing you? Don’t let your mind and body pay the price! Here are five easy daily tips to reduce stress.

  • Sleep more…
    • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), getting adequate sleep doesn’t just make you look better, it also improves your health and helps you stress less. While high stress and lack of sleep may go hand in hand, be sure to keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature, avoid alcohol and nicotine around bedtime, and keep away from any caffeinated drinks six hours before you hit the hay.
  • Get Moving!
    • Exercise is a wonderful reliever of stress. With exercise, comes a reduction in cortisol levels (a hormone released during times of stress, anxiety, or fear). The CDC recommends doing muscle-strengthening activities that work your legs, hips, back, chest, shoulders, and arms more than two days a week. Alternatively, a brisk walk for ten minutes for 4-5 days a week will suffice, as well!
  • Laugh and Laugh Often!
    • If you suffer from the heavy burden of stress, reading to laugh to reduce it may have made you laugh, but it works! According to a study brought on by Loma Linda University in 2001, participants for viewed a funny video experienced a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in endorphins. Who said Cat Videos on YouTube.com wasn’t beneficial to your health?
  • Get a Massage
    • Relax and ease the tension with a massage. According to a study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, participants receiving a 45-minute massage enjoy decreased stress levels. Mercedes Club has a top-of-the-line Spa. Come in to inquire about one of our many stress-reducing massages from the very capable hands of experienced and Licensed Massage Therapists.
  • Write everything down
    • Don’t depend on your memory to retain every last important detail of the day. Reduce the stress by simply picking up a pen or paper. If that feels archaic, try utilizing the many helpful Apps your Smart Phone has to offer to keep reminders in check!

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