Women Share Their Secret Stress Solutions

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TURN ON SOME TUNES

"I turn up my stereo and sing along to an '80s rock song (like Joan Jett's Bad Reputation)." -- Edna Ramos

According to a study by Penn State University, music will drastically improve your mood -- no matter what tunes you play.

 

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HIT THE GYM

"I go to the gym and punch the heck out of the punching bag." -- Brenda Cowie

Whether you're boxing or hitting the treadmill, exercise is a proven stress-reliever. Why? While you work out your body releases endorphins, which make you feel happier.

 

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APPLY LONG-LASTING MAKEUP

"I use a long-lasting lipstick so I don't have to re-apply during the day ," -- Heather Jean

Finding a lipstick formula that last until 6 p.m. means you don't waste time reapplying or spend all day worrying about whether you need a touchup. You can try other long-lasting products as well, like foundation, hairspray, and deodorant (one to try: Secret Outlast Smooth Solid, $4.99).

 

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KEEP A SNACK DRAWER

"My top drawer is filled with almonds, dry fruit, and granola bars. So if I can't grab lunch on time at least I'm not completely starving." -- Catie Royal

Stocking up on healthy nibbles can prevent you from dealing with those distracting stomach growls or painful headaches. Plus, they will keep your energy up way longer than a soda or a bag of chips.

 

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PLAY WITH YOUR PET

"I play with my dog and go for a long walk with him." -- Chrissy Kim

Spending time with your pet is the perfect distraction -- no matter what mood you're in, they're always happy to see you.

 

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MAKE A LIST

"I like to create a small to-do list each morning. Seeing my tasks written out helps me stay focused and organized." -- Breanne Carrillo

Try writing your to-do list on a Post-It note and placing it near your line of sight. That way you have a constant reminder of what needs to get done each day. Plus, you can check things off as the day goes on.

 

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HAVE A SILLY DANCE SESSION

"I dance around like a goofball to a fun, crazy, catchy song." -- Nancy Delatorre

Acting silly is a great way to create a grin and according to a study from the University of Kansas, the act of smiling (even a forced one) will decrease stress and make you feel positive.

 

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TAKE A RELAXING BATH

"I take a warm, scented bath with candles." -- Melanie-Ann Diesel

An oldie but a goodie, bubble baths are a great way to get some much needed alone time with your thoughts. Try lavender bath salts or candles for a bit of calming aromatherapy.

 

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Receiving a rude email, spilling coffee on your new dress, dealing with a flat tire. We've all had our fair share of hair-pulling, eye-twitching bad days. The kind that makes you want to crawl into bed at 3 p.m. rather than face the rest of the afternoon.

But don't hide under the covers just yet. There are plenty of simple ways to get happy, so those stressful moods don't have to ruin the rest of your afternoon. We asked real women how they break out of the blues and turn a suck-y day around. Keep reading to see their surprising answers and steal some fun ideas for the next time you are feeling majorly stressed out.

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