Most people know that stress kills. It lowers your immune system, raises your blood pressure, and has other nasty effects.

Unfortunately, knowing that and taking steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life are two very different things.

The good news is that there are things you can do. In this article, we’ll outline a few basic steps you can deal with the stress in your life.

Get Outside

First and foremost, any time you feel your stress levels rising, stop what you’re doing and go for a walk outside. Preferably in nature if you have a wooded area near your home.

The science is clear on this point. A fifteen minute walk outside will reduce your cortisol levels by an average of 25 percent. In comparison, a fifteen minute walk in the woods will reduce your cortisol levels by as much as fifty percent. That’s impressive and it makes a short walk in the woods the #1 way to reduce your stress.

Get More And Better Sleep

Maybe you thought that bedtimes were for kids. The simple truth is that when you go to bed at the same time every night, you condition your body to expect sleep and your body likes that. The routine is good for you. You’ll find you get a better night’s sleep every single night just by sticking to an established bed time. Given that a big part of our stress is caused by lack of sleep, that’s compelling.

Exercise

You don’t have to go crazy here, but exercising even moderately on a regular basis floods your body with endorphins which make you feel great. Exercise, then, is a win-win. Not only does it make you healthier, but you’ll find your stress levels dropping rapidly. What’s not to like about that?

There are plenty of other things you can do to reduce or eliminate stress, but if you stick with just the basics and follow the tips above, you’ll be amazed at the results!

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