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8 Fun Ways to Manage Stress

7. Reduce Stress by Gardening

Research has shown that having plants and flowers in your presence can elicit a positive mood and reduce stress levels. Connecting with the Earth by sticking your hands in the dirt and tending to the plants yourself even further imbue you with an energy of calm. If you don’t have a garden yet, start with our How to Go Green Guide to Gardening.

8. Reduce Stress by Embracing Clutter

For years, neat-freak moms have been insisting on orderly bedrooms for the sake of productivity, sanity, and just seemingly to pester. Not anymore! Eric Abrahamson (a Columbia School of Business Professor) and David H. Freedman (a journalist) have found that moderate messes can actually enrich creativity and minimize anxiety.

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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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