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    5 quick tips to handle stress and anxiety

    Lately I have been stressed and worried about a lot of things. Things have been going on. It's not always easy to push these feelings away, but there are a few tricks I have learned to deal with stress and anxiety. Here are my 5 quick tips to handle every day stress and anxiety. 

    1. Set the timer on your phone for five minutes, and get up and move. Do some jumping jacks or just walk around. You'll improve your circulation and feel more energized after just five minutes!

    2. Stretch your body and mind for five minutes. Take a break from your work and do some yoga poses or sit in silence and contemplate the world around you. This will help you relax and focus better when you get back to work.

    3. Take a five-minute break from all of your screens every couple of hours, even if it's only to take a walk outside. This will help you refresh, both mentally and physically, so that you're ready for more work when you get back to your screen again.

    4. Get enough sleep! Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body—without enough sleep, we tend to feel like we're dragging around all day long (and we often look like it too). So make sure that you're getting enough sleep—ideally eight hours per night—so that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for whatever tasks await you. 

    5. Meditate. Meditation can help you to reduce stress and control your behavior, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is not surprising for Buddhists, but it is a big deal for scientists who have been skeptical about meditation. I've meditated for several years now. I find it helps me get past negative thoughts and feelings which often get in the way of my happiness. I am able to get more done because I am able to get more of my attention onto the task at hand instead of worrying about something else.

    Stress and anxiety are real and serious problems. In fact recent studies have linked prolonged stress with physical problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. 

    It is imperative that we all start living a more balanced life and cut out the elements that cause stress (as much as we can), and find better ways to relax and live better. 

    What are your best stress relieving methods? Write down in the comments below and give other community members ideas on what they can do to reduce stress.