Five ways to de-stress

Five ways to de-stress

After a week filled with tragic and exhausting news -- not to mention the trials of everyday life -- most of us are probably feeling fairly stressed. But in addition to being emotionally tiresome, stress is can also be physically dangerous to your health.

We've got a few tips on how to easily, naturally lower your stress levels, both immediately and over the long-term:

  • Get a good night's sleep. Most Americans -- 72%, in fact, get fewer than six hours of sleep per night, which is not enough and can leave you feeling more 
  • Eat less salt. A high sodium diet increases blood pressure, which also has the unfortunate side effect of increasing stress. Cut salt, cut stress. 
  • Organize your space. A clear space equals a clear mind. Clean up clutter, get your files in order, clear up your computer desktop -- whatever you need to do to minimize disorganization. 
  • Get offline. Sure, surfing the web is great (you're doing it right now, aren't you?), but take time to unplug and get away from Google. Maybe take some time to go outside and listen to STAR 101.5 the old-fashioned way?
  • Exercise -- but just a little. A full workout can leave you feeling a rush of pick-me-up endorphins, but 10 minutes of physical activity can immediately lower blood pressure and leave you feeling refreshed and calm. 

How do you unwind when things get tough? Share your best de-stressing tips in the comments.