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

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Stick Your Head in the Clouds

Standing outside and gazing at cloud formations helps 82 percent of people feel calmer, more energized and more alert almost instantly, say University of Washington researchers. Their studies suggest that panoramic views stimulate your cerebral cortex -- the part of your brain that ramps up alertness and dampens edginess and tension. Smoggy outside? You can get the same zen-like calm by spending two minutes focusing your attention on the farthest things you can see on the horizon, University of Michigan researchers say.

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