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Battle Stress with These Easy Tips

by Cascade Ice on April 16, 2020

Over the last several years, new research has emerged that shows the link between stress and health problems – both physical and mental. Especially during these trying times in our world, it’s important to find ways to manage your stress, in order to stay happy and healthy. Here are some quick, easy tips you can practice doing each day to keep your stress at bay.

Guided Imagery

A relatively new technique, guided imagery can essentially be described as “going to your happy place” – using your mind to picture yourself in a relaxing scenario such as a beach vacation or a hot bath. Guided imagery is effective because it can be done most anywhere, whether it’s taking a quick break from work, or before bed to wind down each night. Think through all of the senses and what each sense would experience in the place you’ve imagined, allowing yourself to feel as though you’re really there. If done regularly, guided imagery will help you return to the present moment with a fresh perspective and a more relaxed state of mind.

Physical Exercise

As daunting as it sounds, daily physical exercise doesn’t have to be doing a neighborhood jog everyday. Instead, simply make small efforts daily to get your body moving and get your heart rate up. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, take the dog for a long walk, or march in place while you type out an email. Increasing your blood flow will feed endorphins to your brain, which will help with your mental health as a result.


Yes – we breathe all day long. But practicing intentional breathing can have a profound effect on your stress levels. Breathe in through your nose and intentionally let your belly fill all the way up with air. Count to 5 slowly as you inhale, hold for 2 seconds, and then breathe slowly out of your nose. Do this simple trick each time you feel stress creeping in – it will undoubtedly help you “breathe out” stress and tension, leading to a more relaxed body and mind.

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Live with Less Stress

by Cascade Ice on July 11, 2011

With all the activities we try to cram into one day it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. While the body works its best under moderate amounts of stress, continuously being stressed can really harm your health. Stress can negatively affect your blood sugar metabolism and cause diabetes. It can also harm your immune system and make you more prone to getting sick. You can reduce these health risks by reducing your stress.

Decrease the amount of stress in your daily life by following these easy steps:

  • Give your brain a break. Each day find about 10 minutes to unwind by listening to music or just sitting on a park bench and enjoying the scenery.
  • Don’t multitask all the time. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but limiting your time spent multitasking can help you feel calmer.
  • Take a vacation. This one might seem a little obvious, but this mental break will help your creativity and productivity when you get back to work. It will also put you in a better mood!

Giving yourself these small mental breaks can really impact your stress levels. Lowering your stress can keep your body and mind healthy.

What do you do to get rid of stress?