5 Simple Ways to Squash Stress

Our capacity for pleasure sometimes gets buried under a mountain of stress, and the easiest way to dig ourselves out is to do something just for fun. Here are 5 tried-and-true ideas for squashing stress and finding joy.

By Edward A. Taub | M.D. from Managing Your Stress in Today's World

Enjoy a Cup of Tea

Drinking tea has always been a traditional remedy for relaxation and stress relief, and now, researchers in England have found that tea drinkers tend to have lower levels of cortisol, which is commonly known as the 'stress hormone.' Cortisol is secreted by our adrenal glands, especially in response to fear and anxiety, and it can lead to health problems ranging all the way from weakened immunity to excess belly fat.

Get a Breath of Fresh Air

Stop fighting the wars against whatever stressors you’re facing and connect with nature. Try going for a hike or visiting a park or garden.

For the enthusiast, see the 5 best hikes in America

Read a Good Book

Enjoy yourself -- and then you'll find that your seemingly impossible problems might just have some solutions you never imagined.

View a list of current best seller's by visiting nytimes.com.

Sign-On to Laughter

With today's amazing technology, laughter is just a few clicks away. Go to YouTube.com, punch in the name of your favorite comedian, and enjoy the physiological and psychological benefits of a good belly laugh or two.

Watch a Funny Movie

When you're feeling good about yourself, it's important to do things that make you happy. When you're feeling down, it's essential!

© 2009 Edward A. Taub, M.D., FAAP, Michael Levin, and David Oliphant. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction, in any manner, is prohibited.

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