We can tell you about nutrition and ways to keep inflammation down all day. But if we don’t help one another cope with the inevitability of stressors and their effects, it’s just a temporary fix.

Try even one of our suggestions today. We bet it will help!

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  1. Exercise. We get it. Gyms are closed and it seems crazy to try and run on a treadmill wearing a mask anyway. But guess what? Exercise is sneaky. It can take the shape of an impromptu silly “dance-off” with your kids or a “trail meeting”. So many are working from home these days that taking that phone conference on a walk is much more feasible than it was when we were chained to our desks. The key is to find something you enjoy! (Yes, it’s okay to like it. We even recommend it!)
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2. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. It can even temporarily relieve pain! Track down your funniest friend and make a date. Pay attention to what tickles your kids and make it a point to try and get your favorite giggle out of them. Laughing releases endorphins that fight a whole list of stressors on your organs. Showing young ones how to find joy will be one of the most valuable lessons you ever teach them.

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3. Eat right. Hey, you had to have seen this one coming from us! A plant-based diet can help reduce inflammation which takes stress off the heart and ultimately lowers blood pressure and helps you relax. If you would like to learn more and find the research to back this up, please email desiree@clnf.org. If you’re already convinced and need to get some plant-based shopping done, click here.

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4. Journal. Find your favorite shade tree or “take notes” during your next Zoom meeting. The tree is for whatever is on your mind. On a Zoom call, as each person speaks, write down one attribute you appreciate about them. Some folks think journaling has rules. No. But a helpful suggestion is to limit negatives. Free flow thoughts can go on paper and be helpful regardless, but directing our thoughts toward gratitude and kindness will shape your thinking in a way that reduces overall stress and helps you breathe easy.

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5. Create something. Who cares what it is. The creative process in humans provides an expressive outlet while building something that wasn’t there before. Throw some colors on canvas, dust off the sewing machine, or build a crazy lawn ornament out of all that weird stuff you never use in the garage. (Maybe just check with the person who parks their car in there first.)

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