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3 Ways to stop stressing

We are a stressed out bunch. Even if unemployment rates have dropped, work stress is on the rise, according to a recent survey. If 83% of Americans are stressed by at least one thing at work, what do we do to chill out? Here are a few ideas.

1. Breathe. Seems simple, right? But anyone who has done yoga knows that breath plays an important role in nourishing our bodies. Even the Bible talks about the breath of God giving us life. So breathe deeply. Your body has a built in stress reliever.

2. Take a hike. Or a walk. The Mayo Clinic says that exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. So go find a park or take a few laps around your building and boost those endorphins. You may actually find yourself meditating on the path right in front of you, leading you to a more peaceful state.

3. Put your phone away. You've been there: you find yourself checking your phone every few minutes waiting for a text, tweet or to see what everyone else is doing on Facebook. What's with our compulsive need not just to read every message that comes, but to reply immediately? It's a great thing to stay connected, but check your phone use and give yourself a break. You'll survive. Promise.

What practices calm you and and help you go about your day with a little less stress?

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