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  1. Healing Through Humor - Topic Overview

    Laugh your way to better health You’re lying in bed with some kind of health problem,taking medicine and maybe getting some kind of treatment or therapy. Or maybe you’re taking care of someone who’s ill,and it’s wearing you out. Sometimes life can feel pretty overwhelming. This might seem like a crazy idea,but now’s the time for you to laugh. Think for a minute… Is there anything close by ...

  2. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Topic Overview

    What is mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)? MBSR is a program that helps you learn to calm your mind and body to help you cope with illness,pain,and stress. MBSR teaches "mindfulness," a focus only on things happening in the present moment. For example,you may sit quietly and think only about how your body feels. You might focus only on the sounds around you or how your food tastes ...

  3. 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

  4. Your Debt-Reduction Checklist

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

  5. 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.

  6. Stress in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

    Children and teens notice and react to stress in their family and also experience their own stress. It is important to recognize stress in children and teens and help them with healthy coping strategies. The strategies they learn often stay with them into adulthood. Generally,anything that may cause children fear and anxiety can cause stress. This can include being away from home,starting a ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Quick Tips: Reducing the Stress of Caregiving - Get started

    Caring for a family member who has a disability or a chronic illness can be rewarding. But it's also demanding. One of the keys to being a successful caregiver is to manage stress by seeking support and taking care of yourself. Think about the kinds of caregiving tasks or situations that trigger stress for you. Then you can focus on one or two things you can do that will help the most to ...

  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: Reducing Stress by Being Assertive

    Poor communication is one of the biggest causes of stress at work and home. Being unable to talk about your needs,concerns,and frustrations can create stress. Being assertive helps you communicate without causing stress to yourself and others. Assertiveness is a skill that you can learn and put into practice. Key Points Assertive communication means speaking up for yourself in a thoughtful,...

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