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If you’re feeling anxious, hit the playground and hop on a swing. Or find the nearest hammock, porch swing, or rocking chair. Then spend two minutes swinging, rocking or swaying. The repetitive motion relaxes the nervous system and calms the amygdala, the brain region linked to stress and anxiety. In fact, swinging is so powerful, the University of Miami says it can cut production of stress hormones by 25% for 2 hours. Just from 2 minutes of swinging, rocking or swaying.

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