10 Days to a Less Stressed You

Sometimes, small steps carry you the farthest. Try one of these simple mindfulness techniques to help you keep calm and reduce stress today — and another tomorrow. They'll add up quicker than you think.

2. Strike a Pose

It sounds like New Age baloney, but the fact is that body posture can impact your mood, energy, and thoughts. Sitting up straight helps your thoughts turn more positive. Walking slumped over saps your energy. Striking a confident "power pose" can actually increase the levels of testosterone (responsible for confidence) and lower the levels of cortisol (which brings on stress) in the brain.

Tap into your personal power by practicing these two-minute power poses. Watch social psychologist Amy Cuddy to learn body language poses that make you feel more confident when you feel powerless. They really work!
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