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Saturday, September 13, 2008

10 Best Stress Busters - 6

Know Thyself

Finding quiet time isn't a luxury; it's essential for protecting your health. Some people recharge by spending time alone or writing in a journal. "It's important to know what works for you," says Jane Sullivan-Durand, M.D., family physician at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Concord, New Hampshire. For many women, however, hanging out with close pals is the best medicine for stress. One study from the University of California at Los Angeles shows that women's proclivity to "tend and befriend" during times of stress may be due to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that's also secreted during childbirth.

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