PUBLISHED: 9:12 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Key ways to reduce stress
Appointments, work deadlines, family obligations - you live in a demanding world that can take its toll on how you feel and extinguish your energy levels.

The end result is often a feeling of stress or of being overwhelmed. In extreme cases, anxiety, depression and an inability to cope may occur.

Exercise: Exercise can do wonders to improve both physical and emotional health.

It gets the blood pumping through your body and releases endorphins - chemicals in the brain that are responsible for positive moods.

Eat healthy foods: Stress can take a physical toll on your body and leave you feeling depleted. Fueling yourself with well-balanced foods can keep you going.

Change of scenery: Sometimes simply removing yourself from the stressful situation for a few minutes can do wonders.

Don't skip your lunch break at work. Take that opportunity to get a breath of fresh air, walk around the neighborhood or take a fast drive to clear your head.