Stress is an unavoidable part of life. It can even have some positive effects, such as the stress that drives you to succeed or to make better health choices. However, too much stress, or stress about things that you can not change, can do real physical damage to your body. Too much stress raises cortisol levels, which causes inflammation, and over time can cause illness or disease. The good news is, you can fight stress without relying on harsh medications. Here are some tips to help you get started today.
First, consider trying meditation. Meditation has been proven to lower stress levels both in the short and long-term. It also has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve the immune system. Start small by scheduling meditation sessions in 10 minute blocks. There are even apps available to help you meditate. Sit quietly and try to focus on breathing. Over time, it will get easier, and you will quickly see results throughout your day. Read the rest of this entry »
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