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Life gets busy, but research suggests writing down our emotions can help combat daily stress. Just a few minutes of jotting down the day’s events and associated feelings has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and (among students) can even boost performance when done before a big test.

Already journaling? Be optimistic and congratulate yourself on jobs well done while staying positive about what’s to come. Keep the thoughts flowing and don’t be afraid to express nagging thoughts or feelings — especially ones you’re having a tough time telling others.

The Takeaway: Keep a daily journal to help manage stress and put life’s worries in perspective.

Get Zen

Work cramping your style? Get outside and get gardening to help relieve stress.

Know Your Goals

Writing down goals and plans for achieving them is also a great way to deal with life’s stressors.