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  1. Massage Therapy - Topic Overview

    What is massage?Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and

  2. Your Debt-Reduction Checklist

    Check out this self-help checklist for steps to lower your debt.

  3. How Worrying Affects the Body

    Worrying can lead to high anxiety, which can trigger physical illness. Learn more from WebMD about how excessive worrying can affect your health - and how to manage it.

  4. Problem Solving to Manage Stress - Topic Overview

    Problem solving helps you overcome complex stressful events. Identify all aspects of a stressful event,including behavior,thoughts,and feelings. For example,if you have just been laid off from your job,you need to identify: Behaviors,such as the need to look for another job,earn money for your family,and make other adjustments in your life. Negative thoughts,such as "I'll never get ...

  5. Stress Management: Breathing Exercises - Topic Overview

    The way you breathe affects your whole body. Full,deep breathing is a good way to reduce tension,feel relaxed,and reduce stress. Roll breathing The object of roll breathing is to develop full use of your lungs and get in touch with the rhythm of your breathing. It can be practiced in any position,but it is best to learn it lying on your back,with your knees bent. Place your left hand on ...

  6. Common Coping Responses for Stress - Topic Overview

    We all find ways of coping with stress. Coping mechanisms may or may not be effective or harmless. Positive coping responses Listening to music Playing with a pet Laughing or crying Going out with a friend (shopping,movie,dining) Taking a bath or shower Writing,painting,or other creative activity Praying or going to church Exercising or getting outdoors to enjoy nature Discussing situations ...

  7. Quick Tips: Reducing Holiday Stress - Get started

    The holidays can be a joyful time,offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family. But they can also be stressful. You may feel pressure to buy and give gifts. Maybe you are worried about money. The holidays can also be hectic. There never seems to be enough time to get things done. Think about the kinds of events that trigger stress for you during the holidays. Then you can focus ...

  8. Stress Management - Effects of Stress

    Stress can affect you both immediately (acute stress) and over time (chronic stress).Tension is often the first signal of acute stress. Tense muscles are tight and feel "hard" to the touch. A tense mind makes you feel jumpy, irritable, and unable to concentrate. This could be your signal to do something about stress, both for your immediate comfort and to prevent the long - term effects of ...

  9. Stress Management - Ways to Relieve Stress

    Some of the most useful stress management skills you can learn are healthy coping strategies. Many of these can be done with little or no instruction. No one strategy is preferable; you need to find what works best for you. Using these techniques regularly until they become habits that are part of your lifestyle is the key. Use this coping strategies evaluation form(What is a PDF document?) to ...

  10. Stress Management - Causes of Stress

    Long - term (chronic) stress is the type of stress that causes the most serious problems. It is caused by a host of irritating hassles over a period of time, or an ongoing, difficult situation. Conditions that may lead to chronic stress include:Health problems, if you have a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis. Emotional problems, such as unexpressed or uncontrolled anger,

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