5 healthy habits to help reduce stress

Today, 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. report being worried or depressed.

Stress 101

To help people understand the connection between stress and physical health, the American Heart Association offers these 5 healthy habits to help reduce stress

Stay Active

Exercise is one of the easiest ways to keep your body healthy and release stress. The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity.


Some studies show that meditation can reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, support the immune system and increase your ability to process information.


Practice positive self-talk to help you stay calm. Instead of saying, “everything is going wrong,” re-frame the situation and remind yourself “I can handle this if I take it one step at a time.”

Show Gratitude

Gratitude – or thankfulness – is a powerful tool that can reduce levels of depression and anxiety and improve sleep. Start by simply writing down three things you’re grateful for each day.

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Having a pet may help you get more fit; lower stress, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar; and boost overall happiness and well-being.

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