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10 Ways to relieve stress and live a happier life

Ortsa Barker | 8/6/2013, 9:54 p.m.

Stress has many ways of creeping into your life and zapping you of much needed energy, concentration, rest and overall good health. Basically, the daily hassles of simple every day life can kill you. Or at least, have you stressed out.

According to recent studies, African-Americans seem to suffer from stress related illnesses more than their White counterparts do.

The study pointed to situations such as, not being able to find meaningful employment, not being able to pay the rent, racism ,losing a loved one, depression and things of this nature that raised stress levels in individuals.

Stress can affect both your mental and physical health in ways never imagined. On the emotional side of things stress has been linked to: low self-esteem ,alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, bad memory, overeating, lack of concentration, anxiety and unfortunately much more.

On the physical side stress can cause acne, stroke, ulcers, kidney disease, hives, weight loss and gain, suppressed anger, muscle aches and pains, heart attacks, heart disease and an unlimited list of others ailments.

Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help reduce your stress level and ultimately prolong your time here on earth.

Here are 10 stress relievers that have been proven to work and will allow you to live a much happier and less stressed out life. So, get cracking right now using a few of the items on our stress free list to change your life.

  1. Try doing yoga
  2. Listen to some relaxing music
  3. Mediation
  4. Breathing excercises
  5. Take a long, hot bath
  6. Take daily walks
  7. Eat healthier snacks and meals
  8. Talk about what may be bothering you
  9. Get checkups regularly
  10. Prayer

If after trying one or all of these items and there has been no change in your physical or emotional stress level, you may want to consult a professional as your problems may be even more deeply rooted than you think.