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  1. Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level? - What does this tool measure?

    Click here to find out your stress level.Although everyone responds differently, major life changes are some of the biggest causes of stress, both positive and negative. This interactive tool gauges your stress level based on the number of life changes you have had recently. Your score indicates a rough estimate of your current stress level and the likelihood that you will have health problems ...

  2. Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level? - What's next?

    There are a number of things you can do to cope well with life stress. For more information on stress and what you can do about it, see the topics Stress Management and Managing Job Stress.Adapted with permission from: Miller MA, Rahe RH (1997). Life changes scaling for the 1990s. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 43(3): 279–292. ...

  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 Stress-Busting Checklist

    Check out this self-help checklist for steps to balancing your life.

  5. Your Debt-Reduction Checklist

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Stress Management - If You Need More Help

    Stress can be overwhelming. If this is the case, you may want to seek outside help from a professional counselor or other health professional. This can help you find a number of approaches to reducing the symptoms of stress and help you decrease the stress in your life. Professional help is available for the following therapies or techniques:Cognitive - behavioral therapy teaches you to be aware o

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