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iVillage.com: 15 Easy and Natural Stress Busters That Work

Squish Playdough

Playdough is the number one nostalgic smell for women, and this unique odor (combined with the childhood memories that it evokes) calms brain wave patterns, erasing anxiety in as little as 60 seconds, says Dr. Hirsch. Don’t keep playdough around the house anymore? Light an apple-scented candle, instead. According to a study at Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, breathing in the sweet smell of apple-scented candles stimulates the hippocampus -- the brain region that helps you tap into happy childhood memories -- reducing edginess and anxiety for 86 percent of study subjects.

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