• By Dana Sparks

Something to Think About: Stress-reducing ideas to help you smile

April 20, 2017

a middle-aged couple sitting outside, looking at one another and smilingFeeling stressed out? You're not alone. Many people report feeling frazzled.

In the latest Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup, the highest proportion of respondents said their job and/or school contributed the most to their stress level last year.

"It's important that we learn how to relieve the stress that builds during the [workday] or school day," says Dr. Amit Sood, author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-free Living. "Even a five-minute break can help in reducing your overall stress level."

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Sood offers stress-reducing ideas designed to make you smile. Jeff Olsen reports.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0:59) is in the downloads. Read the script.

Read Dr. Sood's blog posts and follow @AmitSoodMD on Twitter.

Dr. Sood is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program on Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus in Minnesota. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic.

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