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8 Fun Ways to Manage Stress

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8 Fun Ways to Manage Stress

By Laurel House, Planet Green

Being “stressed” seems to be as trendy as being “on a diet.” Everyone’s doing it, throwing the terms around as if it’s an excuse for a bad mood or short fuse. Problem is: stress has some serious side-effects that can be detrimental to your health and happiness if it isn’t addressed. Of course there are lots of pills to help you ease off angst, but we prefer to do it green – naturally. No drugs, no chemicals, just good natural cures. Our favorite and the most fun by far: Kissing!

1. Reduce Stress with Touching, Kissing, Hugging

Touching, kissing, and hugging (or any other affectionate activities) are activities that stimulate the brain’s release of the hormone oxytocin. If you want to take it up a notch, get a room! Recent studies reveal that the surge of oxytocin released during orgasm can lower blood pressure, calm nerves and tame tension. In fact, according to the British Medical Journal, sex is so good for your heart that it cuts your risk of heart attack and stroke in half when performed three times a week.

2. Reduce Stress by Swearing it Off!

Swearing has been shown to minimize stress and increase workplace camaraderie. That’s according to scientists at East Anglia Norwich University in England.

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3:26AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

well i guess that's why i swear so much! HAHA

12:17PM PST on Dec 20, 2013

ty

5:43PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

need all the help we can get!

1:12PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

thanks

1:36AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

not all suggestions would be appropriate for all, can't imagine swearing at work though that's where most of the stress comes from! will try chocs and hoku in the office first...

6:49AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

nice

4:05PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

#8 will drive some people nuts!!! LOL

6:44AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Interesting & cheerful article (but not sold on the clutter idea!)
Thank you for sharing :)

10:57PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Due to this article, I will now assume that I have permission to swear at work, where almost all of my stress comes from--LOL!
If Abrahamson's and Freedman's findings are correct, I should be supremely creative and abundantly anxiety-free--again, LOL!
Thank you for this most interesting article.

10:20PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Great article! Loved the one about swearing...such a relief - here I was doing it FOR relief and then feeling guilty for venting (to myself always...mumble...&*%# mumble) and the chocolate one has been a favorite for a long time. I always thought the hoku point was for headaches, but then that makes sense - headaches can be caused by stress. Anyway, this was an enjoyable read. Thanks.

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