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5 Quick Stress-Relievers

By Kai Wade - Director of Communications & Social Media | September 24th, 2014




Stressed out? Feeling overwhelmed or unsatisfied? Five — simple tricks will leaves you refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (those associated with stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function, high blood pressure, and increased abdominal fat, which is associated with heart attacks, strokes, bad cholesterol (LDL) and other serious health problems.

Reward the body.

Regular exercise or relaxation therapy will keep cortisol naturally isolated in the body by releasing beta-endorphins — brain chemicals that give you a soothing effect.

The right start.

A recent study from Wales shows that regular consumption of breakfast cereal is associated with reduced stress and improved physical and mental health. In the study, those who consumed oatmeal and fiber cereal daily had lower levels of cortisol.

Fish on deck.

Are you eating enough salmon and tuna? When Swiss researchers fortified men’s diets with omega-3 fatty acids, levels of cortisol remained unaffected during stress tests, while the placebo group’s cortisol spiked by one-third.

Get out.

Move around. Get up and go. A recent Australian study discovered that employees who sit at a desk chair for more than 6 hours a day are 68 percent more likely to become overweight or obese.

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