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When was the last time you laughed out loud? Check out this article to reduce your stress and anxiety.

Mental health is often overlooked during a typical yearly checkup for blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood pressure with your doctor. Stress, depressions, anxiety and other mental factors affects heart health and lifestyle choices.

For example, someone who is depressed may be less likely to adhere to recommendations to lifestyle changes. Similarly, with someone coping with stress may indulge in a carton of ice-cream. The key is to find activities you enjoy to get your mind away from the source of stress.

Here are 15 things you can do to help you de-stress.

#1   Laughter is the best medicine. Find humor in everyday life, watch a comedy show, and laugh out loud.

#2   Meditate to trigger the brain’s neural pathway relaxation response.

#3   Breathe deeply to slow down your heart rate and activate your body’s relaxation response.

#4   Slow down to spend time in the moment and focus on your senses.

#5   Decompress with hot, soothing bath or message and essential oils.

#6   Keep a journal to write down what you’re stressed about, what you’re grateful for, and celebrate accomplishments.

#7   Reach out and spend time with family and friends.

#8   Learn to say “No” to avoid taking on more than you can handle.

#9   Get organized, prioritize and avoid procrastination.

#10 Consider herbs and vitamins to reduce stress and anxiety such as Hemp CBD Oil extract, B Vitamins and Green tea.

#11   Draw or paint - Find your favorite spot, take in the view, sights and sound and use it to inspire your creativity.

#12 Find an exercise routine or activity to get your body moving regularly to help improve sleep quality, reduce stress hormones and boost your confidence.

#13 Listen to music that soothes the soul.

#14 Re-frame how you think with optimism, positive thinking and affirmation such as “I’m strong”, “I’m healthy” which can reinforce your subconscious mind.

#15 Reduce intake of stimulants such as caffeine