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One simple thing you can do to relax

By Andrea Petersen and Alex Janin

02 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

This article dives the impact stress has on our bodies and how walking, friends and nature can all simultaneously help to tackle it.

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If reducing stress has been on your summer to-do list, there’s one powerful thing you can still do before the season ends: get in the habit of taking a walk outside with a friend.

Stress is battering us on many fronts. About 87% of adults said rising prices due to inflation are a significant source of stress, according to a March survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association. High prices, summer travel snafus and an ever-morphing virus haven’t made it easy to relax. Once September hits, we’ll be back to busier offices, hectic school-day routines and jam-packed weekends. To relax before all that starts, there’s a science-backed way to destress.

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