5 ways to reduce stress

Dr Santhi Adigopula, staff physician at the Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi shares with us five ways to de-stress.

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Breathing techniques: Breathing techniques such as deep breathing or rhythmic breathing help lower blood pressure and induce calmness and relaxation.

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Positive imagery: Creating mental images of things you enjoy, such as the beach or a serene setting, helps lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and improve quality of sleep, while helping to reduce feelings of worry and anxiety.

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Physical activity: Being active can counter the effects of stress by releasing endorphins that help boost your mood. It can also be used as a distraction from the cause of stress.

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Social engagement: Communicating with other people can calm the nervous system significantly for some while making one feel safe and understood.

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Healthy lifestyle: Eating a healthy diet helps keep energy levels high, and getting adequate sleep ensures your body and mind are always alert.

Published: September 21, 2016 04:00 AM

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