Planning for a Change That Matters - Topic Overview
Deciding to make a change that matters is a big step. Maybe you're feeling hopeful, excited, and ready for the change. You could be feeling nervous about changing. Or maybe you're worried that you'll let down yourself and others if you're not able to change.You are not alone. Many people who are thinking about change feel this way. It's normal. And it helps you prepare for a big step and get ready to make a plan.Many people who have been in your situation have found that having a plan—and staying focused on it—can make a big difference. To start, think about why you're hereAsk yourself some basic questions.Exactly what do I want to change?What are my personal, most powerful reasons for wanting this change?What will my life look like when I've made the change?Remember your answers to these questions. They can help you focus. You may want to repeat them to yourself over time. Think about what works and what doesn't work If you've tried to change, cut back, or quit before now,
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 ...
Health & Balance Guide - Topic Overview
What is optimism? Optimism is a hopeful,positive outlook on the future,yourself,and the world around you. It is a key part of resilience,the inner strength that helps you get through tough times. By definition,optimism helps you see,feel,and think positively. But it has extra benefits you might not know about-optimism helps keep up your physical health too. 1 You don’t have to be a ...
Good-Health Attitude - Topic Overview
Good health requires a positive attitude. It's up to you to decide to make the most of things when you are faced with health challenges. This attitude-a good-health mind-set-doesn't just happen. It takes work,every day. The following tips will help you enjoy a "good-health attitude": 1 Focus on your abilities instead of your disabilities. Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to relax.
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
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 ...