Breaking down stress: A four-part series

Breaking down stress, a four-part series, explores the science of stress and offers practical ways to beat back stress through diet, mindfulness and exercise.

Breaking down stress: Student volunteers on track to set free backrub record this semester

back massages for stress

Stressbuster volunteers provide free backrubs to WUSTL students, faculty and staff. Experts say even a five-minute backrub can ease muscle pain and slow the heart rate.

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Breaking down stress: 10 foods that help bust stress

Stressbusting foods avocado

Nuts, avocados, even chocolate (in moderation) can help alleviate symptoms of stress. Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition, offers tips on what foods to eat — and which to avoid — to keep calm during this hectic time of year.