Seven Ways to Cut Out Stress

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  • Eat something you love, like your favorite dessert. Moderation is key, but certain foods and sweets have chemicals that can release oxytocin into your body and help relax you. A bowl of chocolate ice cream or a piece of cake can make you feel better. Plus, hunger exacerbates stress. Eat sensibly to curtail cravings.
  • Laugh -- it really is the best medicine. Find someone or something that makes you laugh and let yourself go. A good belly laugh releases those feel-good hormones and can improve your outlook on things, at least for a little while.
  • You can add your own stress-relieving activities to maximize the potential to have a better day. Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep, a nutritious diet and regular workouts. Stay calm in times of stress and know that things can get better.