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This week I wanted to talk to you about stress. Stress is a huge problem in our society and it doesn’t show any signs of getting better. There is no one thing that causes stress, either. Often, it comes from more sources than we can name. Work, family, the news, all of these things are sources of stress for millions of people around the world. Thankfully, there are a few things that we can do to mitigate the stress. Here are some of them.
1. Get A Pet. Animals have been shown time and time again to help people reduce their stress. In fact, studies have shown that owning a cat may reduce the risk of stroke by a third and that the risk of cardiovascular disease also goes down when a pet is involved. Even if you are allergic to animals, the act of petting something soft can help to reduce stress. This can be anything from a piece of fake fur to a stuffed animal. Try a few different things out and see what works best for you.
2. Meditation and Yoga. Both of these things work wonders for many people who find themselves stressed out often. The breathing techniques that are taught can help reduce stress levels by allowing the correct amount of oxygen back into the system. The best thing about meditation is that anyone can do it regardless of any physical disabilities! It may take a little while for you to find what meditation techniques work the best for you, but you’re bound to find something sooner or later.
3. Have A Hobby. Sometimes, the best thing to do when you are stressed is to throw yourself into something else entirely. Some people play video games. Some people sew or bake. Others play music or write to get away from whatever causes them distress. Whatever it is that you like doing, stick with it when you’re feeling overwhelmed and you may be amazed at how much better you feel after a little while.
Handling stress isn’t an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Some people may not have much time to try and deal with it and other may not know how. Whatever your experience with stress is, always be sure to try and remember to breathe. There are few things that you can’t get through if you try.

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