Being stressed has become the social norm.

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With everything that is going on around the world, you might be feeling overwhelmed within your daily life. But, understand this, you're not alone. Millions of people around the world are drowning in stress on a daily basis. But did you know that there are steps we can take to reduce stress in our lives? 

Here are a few tips.

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    Get Some Rest

    Yes, this is obvious, but most of us don't get nearly enough. Research recommends that adults aged 25-65 get at least seven hours of sleep per night. But according to a recent study, more than one-third of Americans get less than six hours of sleep per night. If you want to reduce your stress levels, ensure you’re getting a good night's sleep.

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    Exercise Daily

    Exercise is another excellent way to reduce stress. The stress hormone called cortisol is reduced when you exercise. The workout routine does not have to be vigorous. Going on 4-5 short walks a week will reduce stress tremendously.

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    Meditation is another great way to reduce stress. When we’re stressed out, our breathing tends to be shallow and quick. By practicing meditation, we can slow down our breathing and achieve a more relaxed state of mind.

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    FotoDuets/ Think Stock

    Get Organized

    Clutter is our worst enemy. Something as small as a dirty kitchen can create unwanted stress. When everything in the house is neat and clean, it's easy to feel at ease which will reduce stress. Next time you're feeling stressed, take a look at the place you call home.

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    Getty Images/(Moment RF) (Claudia Totir)

    Eat Clean

    A diet filled with processed foods not only creates inflammation which stresses the body internally but it also puts our hormone levels all out of whack. Foods like fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and other nutrients that can help improve your mood and lower your stress levels.

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