Tame your tension: Five stress cures that actually work

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Lowering your stress level can leave you feeling happier and healthier. Here are some easy ways to tame your tension and feel terrific, no matter how busy your life is.

Rev up your resilience with blueberries.

The pigments in blueberries are a superfood. Numerous studies prove these pigments trigger growth of new neurons in your brains hippocampus area—the area responsible for regulating stress response. Research from the National Institute of Mental Health confirms those new neurons make you better able to stay calm, cool and collected, even in tense situations. Eat a heaping cup or drink 8 ounces of blueberry juice daily.

Hold the mayo, add the mustard.

Mustard is yellow because of turmeric, the spice that is loaded with curcumin. This is a compound that acts the same as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications.

Invest in yourself.

Putting your loose change in a jar adds up. Discovering $25 worth of coins in your piggy bank a month later helps you realize it took very little investment. Just like coins, taking care of yourself—nutritionally, physically, positively—can produce healthy cumulative results. Keep it simple. Eat something healthy. Take a walk. Move. Look on the brighter side. Change your perspective. It adds up!

Play the mental endurance game.

If you could win $1 million for every minute you could think positively, continuously, without a single negative thought creeping in, how much money do you think you could earn?   The one thing we all have complete control and absolute control over is our thoughts. Learn to control your thoughts because you are free to think whatever you want to. Win the mental endurance game with positivity.

Enjoy an e-mail diet

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada discovered recently that cutting back on emails immediately reduces stress. Check emails less often. Maybe even one a day or every other day if you’re a frequent user. Turn off the alerts. More good news: while using some technology is linked to increased stress, there was no direct connection found between using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…) and feeling zapped. The link with family and friends can reduce stress.

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