PHONE A FRIEND – Stress increases production of the hormone OXYTOCIN which helps you connect with others. It serves as a coping mechanism, helping to convert stressful experiences into opportunities for social bonding. Research shows this can lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
SNIFF LAVENDER – Japanese researchers report that lavender reduces stress levels in people. Keep a small bottle of lavender oil or lotion in your handbag for when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
SIP BLACK TEA – London scientists have found that black-tea drinkers have lower levels of cortisol after a stressful event than those who choose other hot drinks.
GET SOME DISTANCE – Don’t panic! Think through the problem systematically! Distance yourself from the stressor! Then search for solutions! Use your creativity, intuition & analytical thinking skills.


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