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Hold a Poetry Slam

According to research published in the International Journal of Cardiology, reciting poetry aloud can derail stress within 10 minutes by slipping you into a state of deep relaxation and calm. Any rhythmic poem that forces you to take slow, relaxed breaths as you read will do the trick, the authors say. Feel silly reading poems out loud? You can get the same great stress-busting perk by cranking up the radio and singing along to your favorite tunes. Studies at Indiana University South Bend suggest singing triggers a 25 percent drop in stress hormone production, plus a 53 percent drop in feelings of stress and anxiety -- all in under 20 minutes!

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