Five Offbeat Stress Beaters

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Meditation
Not the kind where you have to follow a swami, but simply sit in a straight back chair, hold your posture and either count one to ten and then start again, or watch your... more 
Photo by: Thinkstock
Meditation
Not the kind where you have to follow a swami, but simply sit in a straight back chair, hold your posture and either count one to ten and then start again, or watch your breath go in and out, or repeat a word like "quiet" or "peace." Countless studies show a meditation practice can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and even boost concentration. Just five minutes is all you'll need to experience the benefits. less 
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Tue, Feb 7, 2012 12:40 PM EST

A few years ago, a national survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) reported that one third of Americans were feeling stressed out and afraid their health was suffering because of it. Thanks to economic pressures, many of us are feeling even worse today. But you don't necessarily have to look to prescriptions or drugstore shelves to feel better. Try unwinding with these alternative techniques.

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