Got stress? Watch these people decompress with the help of kittens

In our busy lives, how often do we find time to relax? It is important to de-stress.

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  • It seems that all of us experience stress at least a little in our lives. Financial stress, pressure to meet deadlines and chaos of family life can all push us to our breaking points. What do you do to de-stress?

  • In this clip, various people describe their stress level and the causes for it - lack of time, work, phone contacts lost. Each is invited to step inside a big glass "therapy" box. They slip on headphones and close their eyes. The voice in the headphones leads them through some meditation. Then, there's purring. The guests are invited to open their eyes to see tiny kittens ready to play and cuddle. The happiness and playfulness that ensues is irresistible.

  • Kittens, puppies, fish or other animals can reduce our stress levels. What are ways you de-stress and take time to relax?

  • Try these de-stressing ideas:

    • Yoga

    • Listen to relaxing music.

    • Take a bubble bath.

    • Nap in the middle of the day.

    • Get a massage or sit in a massage chair.

    • Hike in nature.

    • Listen to nature sounds, such as birds or rushing water.

    • Take slow, deep breaths.

    • Create your own home spa.

  • Of course, it would be easier if we could avoid becoming stressed in the first place! Here are "5 ways to avoid stress." However, since stress is likely whether we want it or not, taking time to decompress and relax is essential for our well-being. Read these tips for relaxing in 10 minutes.

  • Finding time to relax daily can help us to be more productive in the long run. Running on high-stress levels is not good for our health. Find a place and time at work, in your car or at home that you can give yourself to relax.

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