Schooool’s Out. For. Sum-mer! Okay, so maybe not for all of us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t act like a kid and let loose—you deserve it! Take a cue from a child’s instinctual way of handling stress and don’t think about it so much! Recent studies from the University of Washington found that taking a minute to simply look out the window at something in nature can lower our heart rates and in turn, reduce our stress levels. Take an hour or two for yourself and take advantage of the gorgeous weather to go for a run, garden or bike ride. In the middle of your chaotic day, stop for a second to appreciate the beauty of a sunny July day.

NLT: Want to relieve some stress, get outside and help the environment at the same time? Pack a green picnic and head to the park with some friends (or the kids) this weekend! Enjoy local, seasonal produce (think berries, melon, tomatoes and summer squash) packed in reusable containers and bags. We love the eco-friendly products from Preserve – they are made form 100% recycled plastic and BPA-free. Check out their on-the-go products here: http://www.preserveproducts.com/products/tableware/on-the-go.html

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