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6 Unique Stress Relievers
by Kathy Thompson

Too much driving, too much shopping, too much rushing around, running the kids around--family and work demands have you stressed out.

There are many ways to help you control stress. Here are some unique methods I've collected.

  1. Yell! But---be sure you are alone. The best place is in the car with the windows up. Stuck in traffic? Try it.

  2. Sing. This is close to the first one. Lots of people swear by the power of music to release tension and stress. Sing wherever you feel comfortable. It doesn't matter what. Just have some fun with it! I have done this on all jobs I've had. Then I started dancing. Why not! People thought I was crazy, but it works.

  3. Do something soothing. Start or try a activity like knitting, crochet, pottery making. Don't worry about being good at it. It's the process that's beneficial. Sitting still while performing repetitive movements is calming and stabilizing for many people. It can be time to collect your thoughts.

  4. Start a garden. Even apartment-dwellers can do this. Inside in pots, pots on the patio, pots, a small spot in your yard. There is a little work to setting it up. Tending plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers and watching them grow, bloom, or yield food is rewarding. Avid gardeners say working a garden is the best way to control stress and worry. An added benefit is the creation of a more beautiful, restful environment.

  5. Play with a dog or cat. Experts say pet owners have longer lives and fewer stress symptoms than non-pet owners. Playing with your pet provides good vibrations. It's a form of social interaction with no pressure to meet anyone's expectations!

  6. Gaze at the stars. Many times I have gazed up at the stars off my patio. Preferably in a still, dark, and quiet area, sit back and observe the heavens. The vastness of space is awesome. This way can make a lot of problems seem very small.

If stress is not relieved it can be very dangerous to your health and can explode into violent behavior.

About the Author:
Kathy Thompson, is a writer, speaker, coach with over 25 years of researching nutrition and fitness, and has the perfect solution for your health and wealth problems. Visit Kathy at http://www.faceuptoit-youcan.com.

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