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Stay Healthy: Handling Your Stress

Terrorism, shootings, international unrest...the world is full of turmoil right now and for some, that's a lot of pressure to handle. But mental health experts say there are ways you can deal with stress so it doesn't become a serious problem.
Terrorism, shootings, international unrest...the world is full of turmoil right now and for some, that's a lot of pressure to handle.  But mental health experts say there are ways you can deal with stress so it doesn't become a serious problem. 

It's a tough world out there...and for some people, all this upheaval can be upsetting .  Many become stressed out.

But psychologists say, there are ways you can deal with anxiety that can keep depression away.  

- Exercise. Doctors say the best thing to do is to keep busy and get the endorphins pumping, which can make anyone feel better. 

- Watch your salt and sugar.  Lowering both of these in your diet helps your whole body work better, including your brain.

- Get more vitamin D. Studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D can add to the blues.  Best way to get vitamin D?  From the sun.  So get out for short periods of time and enjoy the outdoors.

-Hang with friends or loved ones. Being around people you like can make you a happier person. 

- Relax. Try a yoga class, or meditation.  Research shows that even 15 minutes of meditation can cut down on stress.

And if you find things don't get better, seek professional help. Depression is a serious condition, but it can be treated. 



(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)


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