7 Steps to Instant Calm

Feeling a little frazzled? Banish tension in a flash with this easy stress-busting routine.

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Phone a friend

Spending time with pals helps our bodies pump out the feel-good hormone oxytocin. So meet up with a friend at the end of a crazy-busy day, or call during your lunch break.

Even better: Make time to hang out regularly—you'll get a continuous boost to your well-being. Just don't turn your talks into bitchfests; ranting will get you worked up again, Dr. Emmons says.

Next: Get out!

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