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Reduce your stress levels with some OJ and easy listening, research suggests

Author John Thompson
Submitted 23-12-2010

Nobody likes being stressed out, but for dads who have to juggle parenting, a job and the rigors of everyday life, it can be difficult to avoid. However, there are numerous way to curtail anxiety. Fathers who are stressed can take a number of small steps to improve their mood and mindset.

Research performed at the University of Alabama revealed that rats secreted less stress hormones when they had enough vitamin C. Drinking orange juice is one of the best ways to obtain the nutrient, and two 8-ounce glasses contains enough vitamin C to help alleviate stress.

For those who prefer grape juice, there are other easy ways to reduce stress. Work can be among the most stress inducing aspects of one's life, but listening to music at work has shown to be an effective stress reduction technique (though it has to be soft listening). Surprisingly, death metal and gangsta rap don't help dads chill out.

According to The American Institute of Stress, 40 percent of workers reported that their job was very or extremely stressful. Tension and anxiety can be tied to numerous health, financial and family issues.