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Stress Relief We need daily non-medicinal stress relief. How do we combat the jungle that we all live in? One thing we have to do is slow down. The pace and the activities that we have put into life as it is today have gotten more and faster. We have got to take it upon ourselves to keep it slow and keep it simple because the world seems to be serving it up in a faster, more complex mechanism. The world isn't going to take care of that for us.

Don't take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself.

Eat right. This is part of what we can do to relax. There is a way to eat properly where you don't feel stimulated but it in fact helps you avoid anxiety, providing stress relief in a stressful world.

Have an activity called "calm relaxation". Relaxation does not happen automatically. The opposite of relax happens automatically, for the most part.

Exercising helps alleviate anxiety.

Meditation. There are a lot of different ways to meditate. You can do it with a tape; you can do it with yoga; you can do it with rhythmic breathing; you can do it with creative visualization, positive imagery; etc. Praying every day is also a way to keep a feeling of relaxation. Praying also helps heal from illness. People who pray heal quicker and more completely, live longer, and certainly deal with the anxiety of their mortality better.

Avoid stress-provoking people, places, and things. In other words, don't ask for it, if you have the ability to avoid it. Sometimes, these people live with us, and we can't avoid them. But sometimes, they are people we can avoid. Sometimes we have to talk to people about our stress; in fact, I think that we should always talk to people to help with the chronic stresses of life because we are social animals. "No man is an island." And we don't do well on our own. Sometimes this can just be people we trust to talk to, sometimes it is our loved ones, and sometimes it is a professional. So, whenever we have a lot of anxiety, and almost everyone does these days, we should talk to someone.

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