Stress Hack: Stand Tall

Stand up straight.

Standing upright not only makes you feel more confident, but it actually decreases stress hormones. A recent study in the journal Health Psychology found that people who had a slouchy posture while performing high-pressure tasks reported having more negative thoughts and feelings than those who sat upright. Other studies by researcher Amy Cuddy show that standing with an upright posture increases testosterone and decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This seems to cause people to feel less anxious and more assertive and confident.

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Stress Hack: Take Time To Smell the Roses

Being outdoors can offer a much-needed break from the mayhem of everyday life. Research indicates that spending time outside may also be associated with increased vitality. So whether it’s gardening, taking pictures, or just walking around, get out there and smell the roses (really!).

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