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Stress can be a cold sore trigger, but there are many ways to relieve stress, including certain mental activities. Our brains need constant stimulation to stay healthy and productive. But too often, we get trapped in the many stressful routines of daily life. Here are 4 simple ways you can stimulate your mind to help stay stress-free.

Smiley face icon, make time for things you enjoy

Make time for things you enjoy

Whether it’s hiking, playing an instrument, doing a craft project or something else, carve out some time in your day to do what’s personally rewarding.

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Curb your procrastination

When stressed, it might seem like the last thing you want to do, but completing a task you’ve been avoiding — writing that letter, purging your closet, paying that bill — can actually boost your mood.

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Learn something new

For example, attend a lecture, read a book or learn a new skill online. This will help you stay engaged and prevent you from going on autopilot.

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Set small goals

If the last thing you feel like doing is getting out of the house, then make that your small challenge for the day. Give yourself a nudge to the gym, meet a close friend or even go to a movie. Small accomplishments such as these can go a long way when it comes to relieving stress.