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    (June 10, 2004)


Ritsuko writes a well-organized and effective essay on reducing stress in one's life.


How to Reduce Stress

Once I quit a job, and my stress was almost gone. This might be the best for reducing stress, but nobody can choose it, unless they can afford to. However, there are some suggestions which can help you reduce your stress. Travelling, gardening, and baking are good ways to reduce stress.

Travelling is an effective way to reduce any kind of stress. Planning the trip gives people an exciting mood that inspires them to be active. By escaping from pressure, their mind will be refreshed and positive. Therefore, by travelling, people will gain great energy to control their stressful lives.

Gardening is another favourable way of treating stress, because it protects people from mental and physical problems. As people know, flowers and their scents have wonderful effects that give people a peaceful and cheerful feeling. Likewise, gardening in the sunshine strengthens their bodies to resist the stresses. For these reasons, gardening is a valuable way to avoid stress.

If people have stress outside, baking at home is a great protection. Kneading bread dough is especially effective in controlling their temper. By touching dough, the smoothness and softness of the dough can heal their depression or stress. Because the baking is homemade, their worries will be reduced and thus is worthwhile for stressed people.

Spending time for holidays, garden work, home baking is a reliable way to help people to value their existence. In this generation, people have excessive information that makes them confused and mislead. For reducing a stressful life, people should with the simple ways that are all around them.


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