Science-Approved Stress-Busting Strategies October 31, 2017 14:39

When you start to feel tensions rise, take control by utilizing a proven stress-busting strategy.

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Here's the great news: You don't have to resign yourself to feeling frazzled. The key is remembering that stress is about your mindset: What distinguishes one person's meltdown from another's composure is their perception of control over the situation. When you start to feel tensions rise, take control by utilizing a proven stress-busting strategy.

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Tea off

In a study at University College in London, volunteers drank the equivalent of a cup of black tea before completing two stressful tasks. Afterward, their cortisol levels dropped an average of 47 percent, compared with 27 percent for the people who didn’t imbibe.

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Just say "%&* it!"

Swearing reduces stress, according to research published in the Leadership & Organization Development Journal. Now, I’m not saying that gives you a pass to drop F-bombs in the middle of your office, but a strategically placed expletive in the privacy of your car, kitchen, or bedroom can help you blow off steam.

acupressure

Press the issue

Acupressure is a quick and effective tension reliever—it can reduce stress by up to 39 percent, according to researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. For fast relief, massage the fleshy area between your thumb and index finger for 20 to 30 seconds.

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Treat yourself

Flavonoids in cocoa relax your body's blood vessels so that arteries can dilate, reducing blood pressure, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Look for dark chocolate or cocoa powder, which have more of the stress-busting compounds than milk chocolate, and keep it to one serving.