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Managing Stress

Stress is always with us.  The resurgence of the coronavirus hasn't helped. 

According to a recent Washington Post article (https://wapo.st/3COXl2O), the usual stress reducers (exercise, good sleep, socializing, mindfulness, positive reframing and self-compassion) are still the best prescription for lowering stress overall, but sometimes even a small action can help.

Here are a few of the science-based strategies the author suggests:

Submerge your face in ice-cold water while holding your breath for 15-30 seconds, chew on a hot pepper, or smell a pungent chunk of cheese. The key is to distract yourself, at least for a short time.

Writing posts for 80-something works for me.

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Debbie N

"Submerge your face in ice-cold water while holding your breath for 15-30 seconds" sounds more like an opportunity to create stress than to reduce it! I'll stick with the cheese approach as long as I can eat it on a good baguette afterwards. Thanks!

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