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Health Tip: Stop Stress

(HealthDay News) -- The next time you feel you're under too much stress, the American Heart Association offers these "emergency stress stoppers" to help calm you down:

  • Before you begin to speak, count to 10 and take several deep breaths.

  • Walk away from whatever is stressful, and decide to come back to it later. If there's a big problem, break it down into smaller problems that are easier to address individually.

  • Take a walk. If you're driving, stay in the slow lane, away from heavy traffic.

  • If you've made a mistake, say you're sorry.

  • If you're repeatedly stressed about being late, set your watch five to 10 minutes ahead.

  • Do something to make yourself happy and relaxed, such as hugging a loved one, smelling a flower or giving someone a smile.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 1/13/2014
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