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Relaxing 101: Expert Tips To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

First Posted: 03/05/2012 7:00 am EST Updated: 03/07/2012 2:48 pm EST

By Ysolt Usigan for Shape.com

These days, everyone is "stressed out." There isn't a week that goes by that you don't hear the phrase. Margaux J. Rathbun, certified nutritional therapy practitioner and creator of nutrition website Authentic Self Wellness, points out the obvious sources of stress: deadlines at work, relationships, financial issues, etc.

"Some people handle stress well, but for others it can be devastating. Stress can cause fatigue, chronic headaches, irritability, changes in appetite, memory loss, low self-esteem, withdrawal, teeth grinding, even cold hands," she says. "All of these symptoms can have an extremely negative effect on our quality of life, our health, and can ultimately lead to a shorter life span."

To cope with stress and anxiety, and improve your life, follow these expert de-stressing tips…

1. Drink Tea
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"Chamomile tea is a gentle relaxant that acts as a nerve tonic and a sleeping aid," Rathbun says. "If you experience a long day and can't seem to calm down, brew yourself a nice cup of chamomile tea with some added honey for a boost of nutrients."

Flickr photo by Dimitri Fedorov

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