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How to Treat Chronic Stress Naturally: Keeping Calm and Carrying on Needn’t Be Too Difficult

Sep. 26 2023, Published 4:30 p.m. ET

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How do you treat chronic stress naturally? Here are five simple tips for keeping calm and carrying on — and not letting stress rule your life.

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1. Take care.

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“Staying physically healthy can improve your emotional well-being, explains the CDC. They recommend eating healthfully (fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat or no-fat dairy), getting enough sleep (seven or more hours a night), and moving more and sitting less. “Every little bit of physical activity helps. Start small and build up to 2 ½ hours a week.”

2. Quiet the mind.

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Meditation is a simple way of letting go of stress. Says Melanie Greenberg, author of The Stress-Proof Brain: “It can help you get perspective and distance on your own thoughts … and that can train your brain over time to be more stress tolerant.” There are plenty of apps and other resources to help you get started.

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3. Be connected.

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Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say a good way to alleviate stress is to “stay connected with people who keep you calm, make you happy, provide emotional support and help you with practical things. A friend, family member or neighbor can become a good listener or share responsibilities so that stress doesn't become overwhelming.”

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4. Laugh more.

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Per the Mayo Clinic: “A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments. But it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it lightens your mental load. It also causes positive physical changes. left her fires up and then cools down your stress response.”

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5. Help out.

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“Evidence shows that people who help others, through activities such as volunteering or community work, often become more stress resilient,” explains the UK's National Health Service. “If you don't have time to volunteer, try to do someone a favor every day.”


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