10 Causes and Treatments for Cold Sores

Treatment: Relaxation Techniques

Just as stress can cause an outbreak, so relaxation techniques can keep cold sores at bay.

Each person is going to have some amount of stress in his or her life, it's what you do to alleviate the stress that matters.

Pick techniques that bring peace to your body as well as your mind to reduce overall stress (we're not just talking about a glass of wine after work).

Some people use rhythmic, deep breathing techniques or relaxation exercises like yoga [source: McKinley].