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6 Ways To Unplug And Recharge (Without Meditating)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 11/15/2011 2:11 pm EST   Updated: 11/15/2011 3:32 pm EST

With the holidays just around the corner, anxiety levels are already beginning to climb. Stress, if left unchecked, can lead to a host of medical problems -- like stomach issues, headaches, fatigue or even full-fledged depression.

Meditation is commonly cited as the one surefire way to reduce stress without resorting to medication. But what if you just can't meditate? Stress-relief doesn't depend on the actual act of meditation as much on the process of disconnecting from the situation at hand and slowing your thoughts down.

Here's our list of non-meditative activities that will relieve stress.

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A sunset, a sunrise, the rain, a thunderstorm... all under-appreciated stress-busters.

When you watch a natural phenomenon unfold, you're reminded not only of the earth's beauty but also of your own relative insignificance.

Realizing that you are but a tiny speck in the scheme of things is a great way to regain perspective -- and let go of your problems.
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