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DRINK GREEN TEA

Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. Green tea is full of catechins which are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Grab a cup at your local coffee house. webmd.com


 

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CUDDLE YOUR PETS

Having a pet may decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and decreased feelings of loneliness.  Pets will increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and opportunities for socialization. (take her for a walk!) Cuddling with your pets will also increase smiles and love.  cdc.gov


 

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LOL

Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.  It can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier! mayoclinic.org


 

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TURN ON THE MUSIC

Listening to music increases the amount of dopamine produced in the brain – a mood-enhancing chemical, to help with depression.  Listening may also reduce stress and lessen anxiety, improves your memory, may ease pain and provide comfort.  Listening to ‘relaxing’ music (slow tempo, low pitch, and no lyrics) has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in healthy people and in people undergoing medical procedures. Gethealthystayhealthy.com


 

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WRITE IT DOWN

Buy a journal, use the notes app on your phone or pull up a blank doc on your computer, however you can do it, just do it. Writing clarifies your thoughts & feelings, reduces stress, helps to solve problems and may help to resolve differences with others.  Writing about your emotions helps you to be present in the moment and will help organize your thoughts.  psychcentral.com


 

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GET MOVING

Regular, daily exercise stimulates various brain chemicals that will leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.  Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and increase your confidence in your physical appearance, which may boost your sex life.  It’s recommended you get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity.  Talk with your doctor to make a plan. mayoclinic.org


 

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EAT DARK CHOCOLATE

Choose a bar with 70 percent cacao or higher and only eat 1 ounce per day to avoid weight gain.  The flavonoids in dark chocolate may help to maintain heart health by supporting the production of nitric oxide in the inner cell lining of blood vessels to improve blood flow, thereby lowering blood pressure. Dark chocolate is rich in iron, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.  hsph.harvard.edu


 

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STRETCH IT OUT 

5 - 10 minutes of stretching a day may increase your flexibility, your range of motion, increase blood flow to your muscles, improve your posture and helps to heal and prevent back pain.  Stretching is great for stress relief and can calm your mind.  Join a local yoga class or find stretching videos on YouTube.  Talk with your doctor before you start.  Healthline.com


 

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DECLUTTER

Does your WFH or office space bring you extra stress because of the mess?  Decluttering your space at home or work will create a sense of confidence and self-efficacy (seeing yourself as competent).  Decluttering is energizing, cleaning and organizing can reduce anxiety, allows mind wandering and can involve some physical activity. Decluttering can reduce relationship and family tension.  Psychologytoday.com


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TALK

Talking out your feelings with a good friend can help put your mind at ease and let you know someone genuinely cares. Even a quick back-and-forth text session can be a lifeline.  There are people out there that care for you, reach out to them!  Sharing stories or just listening to a friend that needs to talk, is good for both of you.  Let someone in your life know you care about them today.  

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