03/03/2017 12:52 EST

De-Stress In 20 Minutes Or Less

Whether it's caused by work, traffic, family or finances, stress can take a serious toll on your body.

From upset stomachs to memory loss and even fertility issues, stress can make you sick if you let it get the best of you. In the video above by, we learn six techniques that can be used to de-stress in 20 minutes or less.

Start off slow: simple breathing techniques trigger the body’s natural relaxation response, decreasing heart rates, blood pressure and muscle tension. Not one for yoga or meditation? Try indulging in a little dark chocolate, which has been linked to lower levels of stress hormones.

Still feeling overwhelmed? Check out the slideshow below for 11 more easy ways to de-stress.

Easy Ways To Destress