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Two techniques for reducing stress

April 9, 2011
  • By Annmarie Dadoly

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Annmarie Dadoly,

Former Editor, Harvard Health Annmarie Dadoly was an editor of Harvard Health Publishing’ Special Health Reports from 2000 to 2012. Before working at HHP, she was the editor of several employee and subscriber publications at Harvard … See Full Bio
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December 4, 2011

Stress ! a really big disease now a days. And we are really thankful to you for providing this informative blog….thanks

laura hennings
October 4, 2011

The worry box is a good idea.
At the end of each month, I am suprised to see how petty most of my worries are.
The worries always seem worst at the time !
Laura Hennings
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August 22, 2011

wow that is a very simple but interesting way to deal with worry- giving a color box -makes the brain visulize your worries going into the box- away from you, its a very nicely done article,Thanks.
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July 27, 2011

Many people also use meditation to improve their health conditions. Since meditation can aid in relaxation, it can reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Meditating is a good way to forgo the tension of a bad day. It keeps the mind healthy, and a healthy mind helps lead to a healthier body. Some people even use meditation as their primary resource for medical care, using the power of their minds instead of the power of medicine.

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July 24, 2011

This is a good read. Also, if you don’t mind, then it most certainly doesn’t matter.:)

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June 14, 2011

Great post!
I have studied a lot of anxiety and stress relief techniques, but I have never found something like the two you mention (schedule and worry box).
Very creative!

People really need help like this, but also need to know that most of these kind of techniques require practice and practice to really get the results, but patience will certainly provide results.

Keep up the good work.



May 18, 2011

very good and great idea, worry box, true this is just like a hope.

i think word worry’s is created from past and present bcse this is the which gives us depression, so we hve to forget this and slowly try to move on future which will slowly relax the depressed brain.

yes we also need a family support to anybody suffering on this which is very important,time,food,money,commitment and hope makes stress more manageable.

i have seen depressed students and families. some very dangerous cases who needs medication before it damages more brain cells.


Armando Ribeiro das Neves Neto
May 14, 2011

Great idea! I use this feature with some patients suffering from chronic stress and anxiety and have seen impressive results. Thanks for the tip. Armando Ribeiro das Neves Neto. Sao Paulo – Brazil.

MP Sidhu
May 3, 2011

Hi Annmari:Let me congratulate you on your language prificiency.Bravo!

The two methods discussed in your article to overcome stress are new and I think, if praticed religiously would benefit the needy.But there is a question: What about a person whose stress hormones get triggered at the drop of a hat(figurativly speaking)? How can he make a start with the techniques suggested by you. He/she is aware of the consequences but is unable to control the racing heart beat.Since facing life’s challenges has become a part of modern living,how can such a person be helped?

Douglas Gould, Colorado
May 5, 2011

The answer to your question is to

Francoise Bonhoure
April 21, 2011

The worry box is a great idea!
I’d like to add that the use of body movements to rid the body of tension that stress and worry house on the body is also a great help.
Please allow me to post this link:
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Valentin Fernandez-Tubau
April 18, 2011

I like the idea of “scheduling your worries” and “making a worry box”. I am a psychologist and I can see the practical use of both if we take care to separete ilogic worries from real urgent worries. Stress usually impairs the capacity to distinguish between both of them, and our remedy should. Great tips, though.

April 18, 2011

i meant to say it certainly offers improvements….sorry 🙂

April 18, 2011

great article, annmarie. stress relief is important and certainly improvements in both physical, emotional, and mental health 🙂 contact me on gmail to discuss??

September 27, 2011

Please teach the rest of these internet hlooiagns how to write and research!

April 14, 2011

Thank you for posting this article. I’ve employed many natural stress relief techniques over the years but the worry schedule and worry box are new to me. Great suggestions because they help you effectively deal with your source of stress while letting them go and living.
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