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Ways To Focus On Beating Stress

Stress has its evil ways of affecting how we think, focus and concentrate, let alone its detrimental effects it has on our bodies. Here are 8 ways to focus on beating stress written by Dawn Klingensmith for Omaha.com. You’ll have seen some of these before but there are definitely some original suggestions like loosing your loafers, hugging a loved one and chewing gum!

Nuts To Reduce StressLaugh

Watch talking-dog or dancing-baby videos on YouTube, or whatever strikes you as laugh-out-loud funny. Stress constricts the arteries by as much as 35 percent; laughter opens them again for increased blood flow, said Dr. Kathleen Hall, founder and CEO of the Stress Institute in Atlanta.

Lose your loafers

“Rubbing your bare feet on the floor stimulates over 200,000 nerve endings, one of the densest concentrations on the body,” Hall said. “Our nerve-dense soles are our tactile contact with the physical world, and without direct contact we lose equilibrium and become disoriented.”

Go nuts with your diet

Nuts, seeds, dairy products, legumes, soy products, tuna and turkey all contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body produce the brain chemical serotonin, which plays an important role in healthy sleep and mood, said Dr. David Sack, president and CEO of Elements Behavioral Health in Long Beach, Calif.

Go outside

Several studies have indicated that “people who are in frequent contact with nature and the outdoors experience fewer stress-related symptoms than those who routinely stay inside,” said Brant Secunda, director of Dance of the Deer Foundation of Shamanistic Studies in Soquel, Calif.

“The fresh air, sunlight, scents, green views and having contact with the earth beneath your feet all have stress-reducing benefits,” he said.

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I was surprised not to see exercise emphasised in these ways to focus on beating stress. Exercise has got to be the best way to experience an endorphin release, not to mention the countless other benefits. Listening to music that you love is also an excellent way of beating stress – and it takes you to a happy place. What’s your favourite way of beating stress?

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