7 Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress

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Is life getting you down? Too many things to deal with at once? Try some of these surprising and unexpected methods of stress reduction to start stressing less today!

It's long been known that gardening leads to lower levels of stress hormones, but the reason wasn't exactly clear until recently. While it is partly the act of gardening itself, it is also due to a bacterium in the soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that causes the brain to release more serotonin. This leads to improved mood and lowered stress.