30 Days, 30 Ways to Less Stress

Tame frazzled nerves in a month -- or less -- with these simple daily strategies (31 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Mar 7, 2011 at 10:19AM

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30 Days, 30 Ways to Less Stress

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Treat Yourself to Some TLC

Surprise: A little self-pampering can go a long way to soothing stress. Studies show little self-indulgences like buying a new perfume or switching to a pretty new shade of lipstick, helps women reduce stress for up to 24 hours straight. “That's because these things focus the mind inward, away from anxiety-inducing distractions,” explains Vincent Giampapa, M.D., and author of The Anti-Aging Solution. “And that soothes overworked adrenal glands, reducing their output of cortisol, adrenalin, and other draining stress hormones.”

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