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Stretching helps you deal with stress and reduce pain by releasing the buildup of tension in your muscles. It also keeps you flexible so your body can move in many ways. Breathe in and out through your nose for a relaxing effect on the nervous system. Add a little strength training and stretching two to three times a week and you'll have an excellent, balanced program for health and stress reduction, according to Harvard Medical School.