In order to stay healthy, one of the most important things you can do is to reduce your stress levels.  It’s a lot easier said than done – but the benefits can be tremendous.

Stress is directly related to a number of health issues, such as insomnia, lack of libido, headaches, overeating and heartburn.  It has even been linked to more serious problems like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

But there are steps you can take to keep stress under control.  Here are four:

Exercise
Try yoga, meditation or running to blow off steam; in fact, exercise of any kind can help reduce stress levels.

Laugh
Go see a funny movie or talk with a friend who puts you in a good mood.  A good laugh can make anxiety melt away.

Take a break
Going on vacation or just changing up your daily routine can be surprisingly effective.

Keep a journal
Writing your worries down on paper could help you to relax.