Stress busters

Men and women tend to deal with stress in different ways, experts say. Men usually do something physical: run, go to the gym or have sex. Women are more likely to use their support system, such as family and friends. But both sexes can benefit from simple relaxation techniques.

Take action:
Close your eyes and take a deep breath; visualise yourself being in a peaceful, safe setting such as the beach or your back garden; focus on your breathing and slow it down to a 10-second cycle, six breaths a minute; inhale for five seconds, then exhale for five seconds; do this for about two to five minutes; concentrate on something peaceful and soothing in your environment; you may choose a flower, a colour or anything that calms you. 

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