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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. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  7. Stress Management - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks,ideal weight,target heart rate,and more.

  8. Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress

    Childhood isn't all fun and games. Even young children can feel worried and stressed. Stress can come from outside,such as family,friends,and school. It can also come from children themselves. Just like adults,children often expect too much of themselves and then feel stressed when they feel that they have failed. What are signs of stress in children and teens? Why is it important to ...

  9. Stress Management - Setting a Goal to Reduce Stress

    Set a goal in three steps If you're ready to reduce stress in your life,setting a goal may help. Try following these three steps: Find out what creates stress for you. Think about your coping strategies. Try using a stress journal to record stressful events,your response to them,and how you coped. Think about why you want to reduce stress. You might want to protect your heart and your ...

  10. 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 ...

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