1. Get outdoors. Whether it’s a walk in the woods or a bike ride, nature can help combat stress. Just being outside can help people soothe anxiety.
2. Review your work habits. Jobs are a major cause of stress. Taking the stress out of work is an important step. Ask yourself if there is work you could delegate, and implement the changes.
3. Live more simply. Cook at home instead of eating at restaurants. If you don’t know how, enroll in a cooking class, preferably one that focuses on using healthy, organically raised food.
4. Volunteer. The act of volunteering and helping those less fortunate can not only reduce stress but also add purpose to life.
5. Cultivate hobbies. Rediscover old interests or take up new ones. Go bird watching or do photography. Take a class or buy some supplies, and let your imagination take over.
6. Try magnesium. This supplement can help people deal with anxiety. It eases palpitations (extra heartbeats) that are associated with panic attacks. I recommend 200 mg to 600 mg daily.
7. Explore religion. No matter what your religious affiliation is, your local church or synagogue is an excellent way to lessen stress and find the tools to help center your life.
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