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Mindfulness activities for stress relief

Everyone gets stressed from time to time. A long day at work, a fight with a friend or a big change in plans can leave you feeling tense, and that's normal. But constant stress is ​not normal. ​In fact, it's actually bad for your health. Stress can lead to all sorts of unpleasant conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and digestive problems. 

If any of this is sounding familiar, you aren't alone. According to the American Psychological Association in 2014, nearly 80% of Americans said they experienced physical symptoms caused by stress. In a time with high-speed communication, increasing complexity of work projects, and an increasing retirement age, it's not surprising that so many people are feeling stressed out. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to help you cope with symptoms of stress. If medication isn't your thing, there are alternative therapies and treatments that might be right up your alley! One of these techniques is mindfulness, the practice of becoming completely aware and focused on the present moment. 

To learn more about mindfulness and how it's changing the game for your health, check out this post by A Place for Mom

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